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Trumpeter Swans in Muskoka

Trumpeter Swans in Muskoka

Trumpeter Swans

Three of these beautiful creatures have been hanging around the lake near the cottage for the last week or two.  I was able to sit on the dock and take a few photos as they meandered around the lake early one morning. They seemed to be very patient with me and waited for me to be properly set up and sitting quietly before coming closer for their moment of photos.  I was unaware that one could report sightings.  One of the swans had a tag attached with a number.  I was informed that sightings like this could be reported.

Sightings

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For more Autumn colours check out this Ball's Falls Blog Post

#muskoka #trumpeterswans #swans #muteswans #tundraswan #trumpeterswansociety #birds #cottage #cottagelife #fallcolours #fallcolors

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Stuff Chicken Recipe

Stuff Chicken Recipe

Stuffed Chicken wrapped with prosciutto

Recipe

Ingredients:
Two boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Red Pepper: about 4-6 half inch wide slices
Hot pepper rings
Asparagus tips - basically cut length to fit chicken
Fresh Spinach
Prosciutto 4-6 thinly sliced pieces per chicken breast
Healthy slice of cheese - one per Read More

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My New Moose Bicycle and Peterson Book: Just Ride

My New Moose Bicycle and Peterson Book: Just Ride

and the book: Just Ride by Grant Petersen

My New Bike

and the book: Just Ride by Grant Petersen

In 1968 or 1969, I forget which, one of my best friends and I hopped on the GO train and took it to Union Station in Toronto.  From there we managed the subway system to Bloor Sport & Cycle.  I’m pretty sure that it no longer exists but there are several others in the same area. Or maybe it was renamed. Not sure.  

My friend and I bought identical bikes.  We each purchased a Dawes Galaxy 10 Speed - Black.  It had centre pull brakes and a Brooks leather saddle.  We each paid $159.00!  You can’t buy the saddle for that anymore. 

We managed to ride the streets back to Union Station and took the bikes on the Read More

Some cool Kayaking

 

#moosebicycle #bicycle #roadtrip #martysroadtrip

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Kayaking 15 Mile Pond

Kayaking 15 Mile Pond

Kayaking 15 Mile

There are so many rivers in the Niagara Region. Not as many as I'd like are accessible.  There are a couple a little further afield for me, like the Grand River and Big Creek which runs into Lake Erie at Long Point.  There a few nice places to drop in a kayak there but it's a two hour drive.  I like that river as it is small enough, you get the trees overhanging and plenty of bends and twists to keep me happy.  

The Welland River has a few spots to drop in and there is Lyons Creek off that near Chippawa.

But I'm always looking for something new to explore.  Do lots of hiking and driving around see some, what look like good rivers to kayak but nowhere to get in.  Not sure which website showed 15 Mile Pond, it may have been, https://www.peninsulapaddlers.com.  Hook up with them and you can go out with some groups.  

So, back to 15 Mile.  There is a small dock at the bridge crossing the river on Glass Avenue, just west of Gregory Road. If you are coming off the QEW take the immediate right to service road then south on Gregory.  A little ways down it forks.  The right fork is Glass.  Down the hill there is a small parking lot.  Built into the dock there, is the perfect way to get into the river with your kayak or canoe.  Some genius built this thing.  

From the dock you can go up river (south) or north toward Lake Ontario.  We didn't go north but apparently one gets as far as the QEW.  About 2.5 KM.  Most were going north so we went up river.  My Paddle App wasn't working, so not sure how far but I'm guess we got about 2km. It was pouring rain and as it was our first outing on the kayaks, we thought we'd had enough.  Couple of bridges.  The one for the railway is an amazing structure. Cut stones making an arch.  Should last another thousand years.

Someone has seen fit to go up there with a chain saw to keep as clear path. So whomsoever is doing that, I thank you.  

A few photos here.  One of us waiting under a bridge for the rain to stop.  Didn't help much.  

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Horse Selfies

Horse Selfies

Horse Selfies

Horse Farms Near Ganaraska Forest

Roaming around yesterday up near the Ganaraska Forest (Ganaraska Forest is just east of Highway 35/115 about 30 minutes before you get to Peterborough.)  Great horse country just south of this forest.  Horse country is just about everywhere if you are looking.  Wonderful, curious, friendly animals.  I'm sure that some think that my phone is food when I'm doing the selfie thing.  If they are not trying to nuzzle me and kiss my neck.

These photos are all from yesterday.

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Rocky Mountain Horses

Rocky Mountain Horses

Rocky Mountain Horses

Fall Fun Taking Horse Photos

In the last two years, since moving to Ontario, I haven’t been taking as many equine photos. There are plenty of horses in the areas that I roam but life and routines changed. In Alberta, I had areas that I’d go knowing I would get some great shots of curious and friendly horses.

Yesterday we had scheduled to visit a friend that raises Rocky Mountain horses. She had to go out on an emergency but told us that it was quite fine to show up and shoot some horse photos. She knows that I’m comfortable with them, and they with me, so has no problem me going into the field and walk about. A few of the photos are below. The little one would hardly leave me alone. Loved having his hips massaged. Mama is a grey and you can start to see the colt losing some of his colour.

Lots of selfies which I’ll post separately on Instagram. @faffyrd or search my full name.

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Ball’s Falls Fall Colours

Ball’s Falls Fall Colours

Ball’s Falls Fall Colours

This is the perfect place to go whether you want a short or long walk or hike.  Parts of it are on the Bruce Trail.  And there is a short walk up the river to the Upper Falls that, in this time of year is quite spectacular with the Fall colours.  The reds are a bit late in coming this year, so I had to tweak the photos a bit.  I hope you don’t mind.  The parking is $8 a person.  We have been there at times past 4:30 when the office closes and ended up not having to pay.  Not sure if this is usual or not.  Seniors are $6 - that helps a bit.  Although, I don’t mind paying really as it goes to support these beautiful places.

There are a bunch of old buildings there - old mill, house, blacksmith barn, etc but none have been open any time we have been gone through the park.  We went on a 10 km hike a couple of weeks ago from this location -  north along the Bruce Trail but decided we just wanted a day of puttering around and enjoying the scenery and taking photos.  It was the perfect day for this.  

If you are ever in the Niagara region and want to check some of these places out, please contact us and we’ll try and go with you.

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More Wellandport Kayaking

Kayaking near Wellandport - Niagara Region

There aren't that many places to drop in the rivers around here.  Google maps helped me with this one.  There is a little park on the east end of Wellandport, just to the left of the Library when you are facing south.  Follow the road to the loop at the end, not very far at all.  Generally, it is not busy there and there is parking with an easy spot to put in your kayaks.  A couple of weeks ago my brother in law and I went upstream about 4 km so this time Yvonne and I tried the downstream stretch.  I wouldn't have tried this in the Spring when there was so much rain as this river was really moving then and I don't like coming back upstream.  Something to think about when you are planning a trip.

The river is really quiet right now and quite muddy.  We went in the evening - started about 6:30 PM and got back just after 8.  We didn't want to be coming upstream in the dark.  Might miss our exit!  Sun was low which was nice as it had been a very hot day.  Chatting with a fisherman on the edge of his property who told us that we could take a side route a little up on the left and on into Wellandport.  But we found the river too low presently to traverse it there.  So, did an easy one down the lazy river about 2 km then back.  No bugs as it is late enough in the season.  Pretty quiet in spite being near the road in parts.  When it is a bit cooler we'll start early enough that we can go further.

Here is a few second video.  You can see how muddy the water is.

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Kayaking Welland River

Wellandport Kayaking

Peter and I went out on the Welland River last evening for about 2 hours.  There are not that many places to put in a boat along there but a few weeks ago on a drive-a-bout Yvonne and I found the perfect spot near the Wellandport Community Center/Library just outside of Wellandport.  

If you are coming west along Highway 20, just past Fonthill go south on Canborough Road.  About half a mile before you get to Wellandport on the left hand side of the road (south side) is the Community Center.  To the right (west) side of that is a gravel road/lane that goes back along the park.  Follow that to the river.  There is a loop there with parking.  And a small spot to put in boats. 

We put the kayaks in about 6 PM - it was still very hot for the first hour.  We went up the river for about an hour - did just over 4 km going up the river.  Wind and current coming toward us.  Coming back was nicer as the sun was lower and there was some shade.  And it was a lot easier as we weren’t fighting the current.  

It was a very pleasant evening.  There were some houses in the town that back onto the river and we got some friendly waves.  And we got to watch a bunch of kids working on getting a pontoon boat unstuck.  It had been parked at their dock when the river was about a foot higher it looked like.  They were using boards to lever it out.  I didn’t think they would be successful but about 25 minutes later they were cruising along behind us. 

Generally a nice quiet evening. Total a little over 8 kilometres.

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