Week of November 7th, 2021

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Nov 07 Nov 08 Nov 09 Nov 10 Nov 11 Nov 12 Nov 13
High 16.1 21.2 13.0 12.6 12.1 13.6 7.0
Low 1.1 2.7 7.6 0.8 -0.2 3.8 0.6

This is the week that we lost all of our leaves. The maples in our front yard are gorgeous this time of year. I also learned why birds stand on one leg! (read on for an explanation)

Sunday, November 7th, 2021 – It’s that time of year where the leaves start to fall. We’re in a race again the rain and snow. Thankfully we’ve had an awesome week to pick up leaves. They are falling at a rate of about 20 bags per day!
Sunday, November 7th, 2021 – This was the strangest thing. This bird insisted on hopping around on one leg – so much so, that I thought it had lost a leg. I mentioned this to people I passed on the beach and they shouted a few minutes later that the bird had finally lowered its second leg. So after a little bit of “googling” apparently this is common. Apparently birds frequently stand on one leg in cold climates to conserve heat – source here – https://www.earthrangers.com/why-do-birds-stand-on-one-leg/#:~:text=The%20most%20common%20reason%2C%20especially,cold%20when%20they%27re%20exposed.
Monday, November 8th. 2021 – The sun is now setting around 5:00 PM. We’re back on standard time as opposed to daylight savings time. This picture taken during an evening walk near Beach 6 at 50th street as the sun sets.
Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 – A similar view just after sunset the following day near Beach 6.
Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 – I took another 20 bags off the ground today. A perfect day for working outside. I wish the leaves would fall faster!
Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 – This picture taken later the same afternoon. It’s crazy how many leaves we’ve lost in one day. You can see that the foliage is noticeably thinner.
Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 – The last batch of leaves were taken away Monday. This is Wednesday’s ~25 additional bags.
Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 – there are new signs along the Shore Lane trail. Apparently we are now part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail – the trail is a little sketchy from Wasaga Beach and points east, but to the west of us is looks like an awesome summer hike! See link here – Great Lakes Waterfront Trail | Great Lakes Guide
Thursday, November 11th, 2021 – A strong south wind today pushed the water far off-shore. Taken near 16th street @ Beach 3.
Friday, November 13th, 2021 – As of Friday, we’re at a “crazy” 111 mulched bags of leaves. Even though not all of the leaves have been picked up, we’re declaring things “done” – The forecast is for rain and snow and wet leaves are difficult to pick up. We’re realizing that we probably need a better solution next year. This is getting to be a lot of work.
Friday, November 13th, 2021 – we got our leaves picked up just in time. Rain is coming our way from the northwest. Taken near Beach 6 at Wasaga Beach.
Saturday, November 13th, 2021 – Walking down the beach on a rainy Saturday morning.

Week of October 31st, 2021

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Oct 31 Nov 01 Nov 02 Nov 03 Nov 04 Nov 05 Nov 06
High 15 9 8 6 8 10 13
Low 8 4 0 1 -2 -3 0

This week kicked off with Halloween falling on a Sunday. We had this “Amityville Horror” thing going on at our place for trick-or-treaters so I couldn’t resist posting a picture. The view from Beach 6 this week was reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” – BOO! 🙂 This was also the week of our first snowfall of the year.

I changed our header graphic on the website to reflect the awesome red leaves in our front yard. As of November 7th, our leaves are still stuck with crazy glue to the trees. By this time last year I recall that they were all pretty much down.

Sunday, October 31st, 2021 – Open for business on Halloween night. Perfect for trick or treaters until it started to pour rain at 8:00 PM.
Sunday, October 31st, 2021 – lots of Canada Gees gathered at Beach 6 on Sunday evening before sunset. We’re all drying to get our out of Dodge before sunset when the vampires come out.
Sunday, October 31st, 2021 – walking east from my turnaround point 57th street on my way back to the Recplex – rushing home for trick or treaters. The sign in the distance is the marker I use for the 50th street beach exit.
Monday, November 1st, 2021 – The clouds are interesting this time of year. You can tell with one look that Fall is in the air.
Monday, November 1st, 2021 – Storm clouds gathering to the east as I reach my turnaround point at Beach one during my daily walk during the noon hour.
Monday, November 1st, 2021 – Later in the afternoon, taken near 57th street – a rainbow off to the northeast.
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021 – Taken entering 57th street looking across the bay towards Collingwood. These clouds chased me east and I just made it back to my truck as the rain started to fall.
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 – By early morning on Wednesday the rain had turned to snow. Taken from our deck looking south. The lake effect snow machine has churned into action and we had snow most of the morning. It didn’t last long, but it stuck around on Blue Mountain.
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 – During my daily walk you can see snow across the bay in Collingwood.
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 – The snow squalls have stopped here, but there is significant new snow on the Blue Mountains across the bay. I watched fresh new snow squalls coming in during my walk.
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 – Residents along the waterfront have started to prepare for harsher weather. Most people along the waterfront erect these plywood barriers. Otherwise grass would be destroyed by beach sand driven by high winds.
Thursday, November 4th, 2021 – There is something awesome about this time of year. This picture taken just before sunset last Thursday evening walking east from beach 6.
Thursday, November 4th, 2021 – looking west from just east of a stream / outlet near beach 6 before sunset.
Saturday, November 7th 2021 – We had a mini-family reunion to celebrate my Dad’s 81st birthday. My parents and immediate family pictures here – I love Barb’s term – “the original six” 🙂

Week of October 24th, 2021

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Oct 24 Oct 25 Oct 26 Oct 27 Oct 28 Oct 29 Oct 30
High 13 8 8 16 9 12 10
Low 2 4 4 8 4 1 7

This week we had new construction along the boardwalk. We also had a brave long distance swimmer out on Georgian Bay on the day before Halloween.

Sunday, October 24th, 2021 – walking down the beach much earlier than usual with the sun low in the sky. Taken west of 13th street looking east.
Sunday, October 24th, 2021 – the washrooms at the east end of the beach 2 board walk early Sunday morning. A beautiful sunny day.
Tuesday, October 26th,2021 – Looking west from near Beach one at the entrance to the Beach 2 boardwalk. Very high winds today pushed all the way east. We retreated to trails through the bush rather heading west rather than walk into the wind.
Wednesday, October 27th, 2021 – A front-end loader moving sand away from the boardwalk and piling it along the shore at Beach 2.
Wednesday, October 27th – Provincial park vehicles driving along the beach. Cars are no longer allowed on the beach, but vehicles for maintenance are the exception.
Wednesday, October 27th, 2021 – Provincial park crews are doing work on all the ramps along the boardwalk. Now we know why they have moving sand away from the footings all week.
Thursday, October 28th, 2021 – Our provincial tax dollars at work. New decking on the ramps along the Beach 2 boardwalk. The footing will be a little treacherous in the rain until the wood gets more weathered.
Saturday, October 30th, 2021 – This is the latest I’ve even seen someone swimming at Wasaga Beach. This person was swimming fast parallel to the shore a long way out alternate between front stroke and back stroke (shown here). They were wearing a wetsuit of course. They must have swam quite a distance – more than a kilometer because they were swimming the whole time we watched from shore.