Week of Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28
High 21 28 29 28 30 26 20
Low 16 16 20 20 11 13 11

I missed getting pictures two days this week. On Sunday my phone battery died, and on Monday I was tied up in meetings in Toronto.

I picked things up on Tuesday.  More wonderful weather in our neck of the woods. We’re enjoying an excellent summer.

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 – A group of students enjoying the water near the cottages at 13th street. Likely a reunion? This is the same place that Ben had his high-school graduation celebration. Great to see everyone having fun.
Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 – Taken from the volleyball nets near beach one as I got further east down the beach. When the weather is this hot, it’s usually a sign we will get late afternoon / evening Thunderstorms. You can see the weather moving in above.
Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 – The sand dunes I mentioned in last week’s posts. The castle’s built on the sandbar by young builders are eroding – isn’t there a song (or ten) about Castle’s in the Sand (or the air?) –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qks94g_P1Go
Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 – We received insane amounts of rain just after my walk down the beach. We definitely need the rain so this is very welcome.
Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 – It’s rare to see such an awesome rainbow. Following a storm. (there are actually two rainbows if you look carefully)
Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 – Rainbow following rain Tuesday evening.

On Wednesday, the beach was packed. I’m at a loss to explain why it was busier today than yesterday. I pressed on and walked further east today so the pictures below are taken from a different perspective – from the east boardwalk looking west toward Beach one.

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 – the beach was packed today. Taken just to the east of Beach one.
Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 – a boat anchored at their own private beach just east of the beach one crowds.
Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 – Walking west back to my truck looking at beach one from the east end. Wasaga Beach is having an awesome summer judging by the crowds.

In case there is any debate about increased traffic in 2018, check out the photos from the same week in 2017 below. It’s not even close.

Week of July 23rd, 2017

Thursday  (below) was a little strange. I started my walk with clouds to the west. The didn’t look threatening to me. Within 20 minutes the weather change dramatically. People running off the beach for shelter. I was soaked to the skin and freezing.

Thursday, July 26th, 2018 – walking toward beach one (looking backwards) on a hot summer day.
Thursday, July 26th, 2018 – 20 minutes later walking back west. Cold rain and north winds and the temperature plummeted. Thankfully by the time I reached the 13th street entrance to Shore Lane the rain eased up.

On Friday I decided to take a different route. I walked east of Beach One to the sections of the beach that are protected for Piping Plovers. I think it’s great to see the efforts to preserve this endangered species.

Friday, July 27th, 2018 – off-ramps to the beach are closed to protect the Piping Plovers. It’s so cool to see the messages from school kids at every exit. They’ve named all the birds and take obvious pride in their well-being.

On Saturday we had company and it rained in the morning. As a result, I didn’t manage to get down to the beach until the evening.

Saturday, July 28th, 2018 – looking east near 13th street on my way to beach one.
Saturday, July 28th, 2018 – looking west toward Collingwood and Blue Mountain on a beautiful Saturday night. The beach was surprisingly empty but Shore Lane was packed.
Saturday, July 28th, 2018 – As I started my daily walk east from 18th street looking east. The setting sun is at my back.