Week of Sunday, March 11th, 2018

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Mar 11 Mar 12 Mar 13 Mar 14 Mar 15 Mar 16 Mar 17
High 0 0 0 0 1 -1 0
Low -4 -4 -3 -3 -3 -8 -4

Sometimes this time of year the weather rarely changes. You notice most days we hovered just below freezing with overcast skies. The air temperature is moderated by the large body of water so close by. We had a couple of good snow squalls this week (see the Wednesday pictures below), but not a lot of accumulation.

Despite it being March break the beach was surprisingly empty probably because the winds made it feel colder than it was. Lots of families spending time at their summer homes on Shore Lane.

Sunday, March 11th, 2018 – I like to periodically take pictures of this wonderful home at the east end of Shore Lane to see how the Canadian flag exposed to the wind is doing. Looks like we’ve lost another one! I’m sure they go through two or three flags per year.
Monday, March 12th, 2018 – An overcast day looking across the ice toward the Blue Mountains. As you can see in the foreground the sand is swept clear of snow again.
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 – It was wet across the beach. We had some snow overnight that hasn’t had a chance to melt yet or get blown away
Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 – Today was a little more interesting! Relatively warm but snow squalls and strong north winds blowing snow across the beach.
Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 – Looking toward the far shore in Collingwood as I usually do. Nothing to see today but a blizzard driven by strong winds.
Thursday, March 15th, 2018 – Back to the normal dull weather for this time of year. It was actually quite windy, but there is no snow on the surface to blow and the ice extends as far out as the eye can see (the ice extended out quite a distance over the past 48 hours)
Friday, March 16th, 2018 – Similar to Wednesday except much windier and colder. It was only a few degrees below freezing but the wind chills were awful. I cut it short and turned around near 13th street because it was just unpleasant and easier to walk on the street sheltered from the wind.
Saturday, March 17th, 2018 – Today was kind of spectacular. The north winds have been strong and in places snow and sand are intermixed. You could swear the snow is sand, but these are snow drifts with a coating of sand on them. This picture was taken near the beach exit at the east end of Shore Lane looking south from the beach.
Saturday, March 17th, 2018 – There was more snow overnight – the footprints you see are mine (and someone else’s apparently although I didn’t see them) from my eastward walk as I backtrack walking west from Beach one. Goes to show how few people are nutty enough to walk down the beach all winter.

Week of Sunday, March 4th, 2018

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Mar 4 Mar 5 Mar 6 Mar 7 Mar 8 Mar 9 Mar 10
High -1 -1 1 3 0 0 0
Low -3 -5 -5 -1 -2 -3 -3

Another winter week walking down Wasaga Beach. This week, my daily walks were interrupted by a short trip to New York City. Hope you enjoy the pictures and story below.

Sunday, March 4th, 2018 – Walking towards beach one. Another beautiful day. The ice has melted close to the shore.
Sunday, March 4th, 2018 – Someone left a sail behind just west of beach one.  Damaged? it was gone the next day so presumably the owner left it for just a short time and retrieved it later.
Monday, March 5th, 2018 – Looking toward the Blue Mountains from the boardwalk west of Beach one.
Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 – This picture was taken around noon from the entrance to the beach near 13th street. Heading down to Pearson later this afternoon for a short business trip to New York. I’ll miss my daily beach walk tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 – Hanging out near Times Square in New York this evening with my good friend Jeff. What an awesome city! Hoping to get Jessica Jones’ autograph for Jamie.
Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 – Waking up in NY on Wednesday morning before heading off to a meeting @ IBM – We’re not in Wasaga Beach any more toto. A strong Nor’easter coming in today, and I’m wondering whether I’ll make it out of the city this evening.

Turns out the location of my meeting was right at Trump Tower on Madison Ave near Central Park. I couldn’t resist taking thirty minutes over lunch to wander over the Trump Tower and take a few pictures. Lots of security as you can imagine.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 – this picture taken from the famous escalator in Trump Tower where Donald Trump was filmed announcing his campaign.
Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 – turns out my meetings @ IBM on Madison Ave. were connected through an Atrium to Trump Tower. I couldn’t help checking out Trump Tower. (I’m not a fan as my Facebook friends know)

I’ll spare you the details, but with the snow storm, travel turned out to be a nightmare on Wednesday. Long story short, I hung out at La Guardia because my flight to Toronto was still looking good. Unfortunately, around 6:00 PM the inbound flight from Toronto after circling La Guardia for 20 minutes was forced to turn around and return to Toronto. Air Canada cancelled all flights after this, and I joined the mad scramble to find a hotel and re-book flights all to familiar to business travelers. Air Canada made exactly the right call btw – looking out from the terminal, it was clearly not safe to land in my opinion.  Lots of people were pissed off, but “kudos” to Air Canada. Traveling in the winter is a pain, but there is something to be said for arriving alive.

Friday, March 9th, 2018 – On Friday we had snow squalls at Wasaga beach. At times, visibility was actually worse than what I experienced in New York on Wednesday. Anyway, I made it down the beach despite the weather.
Saturday, March 10th, 2018 – Boardwalk at beach one looking west. Good to be home and walking my familiar route.