Week of July 30th, 2017

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
July 30 July 31 Aug 01 Aug 02 Aug 03 Aug 04 Aug 05
High 25 23 25 26 22 24 19
Low 20 18 16 17 18 18 15
Sunday July 30 – For some reason the seagulls decided to have a meeting at beach 3 near 14th street.
Sunday July 30 – Looking from the boardwalk to the west toward Collingwood on Sunday morning.
Monday July 31 – The beach was bust all week this week, even on weekdays. Obviously prime holiday season.
Tuesday Aug 1 – Looking over the sand dunes near beach two to the northwest
Wednesday Aug 2nd – Another crowded day. In places I find myself taking the trails through the bush to avoid the crowds.
Wednesday Aug 2nd – Another sandcastle in progress at Beach two
Wednesday Aug 2nd – I ran into my nephew Regan on beach patrol. He works for the park services and stopped to pose for a picture.
Thursday Aug 3rd – Can’t explain why the beach is so empty today. Beach one and two were busy but I had beach three all to myself.
Friday Aug 4th – more progress still on the construction I’ve been watching all month – starting the second story at the condos near 18th street.
Friday Aug 4th – Unsettled weather today. Almost looked like a fall day
Friday Aug 4th – Storm clouds from our back yard out to the east.
Saturday Aug 5th – Ta da! Finally got the missing part to install my new truck rack so I can carry the Kayak.
Saturday Aug 5th – OK – so I was going to go kayaking today, but not the right day I’m afraid. Very high winds and waves.
Saturday Aug 5th – This is the storm surge effect they talk about – the north winds were literally pushing the water in towards shore. In places there was nowhere to walk without getting wet.
Saturday Aug 5th – One of the widest parts of beach three had waves coming all the way up.

The evening of Saturday August 5th I went down the beach again hoping it had calmed down and I could try launching my Kayak. No such luck I’m afraid. I ended up posting a lot of pictures.  I think the evening of Saturday August 5th was one of the most stunning days all year.  Simply spectacular.  I decided to walk down the beach anyway even thought it meant getting pretty wet with the wind and waves

Evening Saturday August 5th – First summer day I’ve seen where waves were coming all the way up to the boardwalk on beach two. Picture looking north across Georgian Bay
Evening Saturday August 5th – Normally this is a wide part of the beach and this picnic table is high and dry. This picture looking east shows how high the water is pushed by the north winds.
Evening Saturday August 5th – Looking east. Almost no beach to walk on
Evening Saturday August 5th – Looking to the northwest towards Collingwood. The winds are dropping but the waves are still high.
Evening Saturday August 5th – A windy sunset looking toward the North West. The reflect of the sun made the water almost too bright to look at.

Week of July 23rd, 2017

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28 July 29
High 25 19 21 22 22 21 24
Low 18 16 16 15 18 16 13

I got back from Manitoulin Island on Sunday, and resumed my daily walks down the beach on Monday.  It was nice to have some overcast days for a change that are a little less hot.

It seems that when the sun disappears, the beach gets a lot less crowded.

Monday July 24 – looking across the bay towards Blue Mountain
Monday July 24 – Taken just west of 13th on the way back from Beach One heading towards Shore Lane
Wednesday July 26 -They’re still grooming the whole length of the beach every day.  The water level is high and they’ve had to reclaim what was previously a grassy area.
Wednesday July 26 -The Wasaga Beach map right at the east end of the westerly boardwalk
Wednesday July 26 – Walking back through the provincial park for a change of scenery
Thursday July 27 – I’ve been watching them build new condos right near my 18th street parking lot. Framing the first floor today.
Thursday July 27 – Freshly graded, it was hard to walk on the beach today – similar to walking in snow in the winter!
Thursday July 27 – Looking west from beach one at a volleyball game in progress
Friday July 28 – early morning looking out our back deck – awesome sunrise
Saturday July 29 – Unfortunately the picture doesn’t capture how big this sandcastle was!
Saturday July 29 – Second visit to the beach in the evening before sunset
Saturday July 29 – Leaving the beach to walk back home on the roads

Week of July 16th, 2017

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
July 16 July 17 July 18 July 19 July 20 July 21 July 22
High 22 21 24 24 26 24 24
Low 16 17 14 17 14 18 18

Lots of work going on this week to keep the beach in shape for summer guests. When the beach is graded it’s a tougher walk.

July 16th – a foreboding sky. I just managed to avoid getting soaked. The rain started as soon as I got back to the truck.
July 18th – Great to see that the town is straightening the poles for the volleyball nets – they got more than a little crooked over the winter.
July 18th – you can see how much rainfall there’s been. The runoff near 16th street has literally bisected the beach at the outflow of the storm drain.
July 18th – a second walk in the evening – watching the sunset looking toward Collingwood and Thornbury
July 19th – Some seagulls getting out of my way
July 20th – with the water levels so high, they’re going to lots of effort to grade the beach and get rid of the vegetation. Makes it a hard walk because you sink into the freshly graded sand.
July 21st – you can see the dramatic effects of the grading here – this was grass yesterday!