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.

Week of October 17th, 2021

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Oct 17 Oct 18 Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct 23
High 13 12 21 18 17 9 10
Low 8 6 6 12 1 3 2

Walking down the beach was a little depressing this week. I kept coming across dead birds along the shore with no explanation. Apparently this has been happening the past few weeks across Georgian Bay – see the article here.

Sunday, October 17th, 2021 – The water was spectacular this morning. Very high winds. Things were so loud it was difficult to carry on a conversation. I wouldn’t want to be out on Georgian Bay today! We walked down to Beach one along the water and retreated to trails protected by trees on the way back to get out of the wind.
Sunday, October 17th, 2021 – The water levels are clearly lower – last year there would have been no beach to walk on with these kinds of winds. One disturbing thing we saw were dozens of dead birds along the shore line. I’m not sure what happened overnight. I’ve noticed that when the winds are high birds often hunker down on the beach facing into the wind. I suspect they may have been vulnerable to predators approaching from downwind.
Monday, October 18, 2021 – this picture taken looking east across beach one.
Monday, October 18, 2021 – An evening walk. Taken at 57th street looking west/
Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 – This time of year the seagulls are out in force! Taken heading east towards 50th street.
Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 – It’s hard to get a picture of a turkey vulture in flight. These are large birds with a six foot wingspan.
Wednesday, October 20th, 2021 – Looking west near Beach 6.
Thursday, October 21st, 2021 – Taken looking west from east of beach 6. Rain is coming in from the west.
Friday, October 22nd, 2021 – Looking west across the Beach 2 boardwalk.
Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 – I managed to get close to two Turkey vultures sneaking up from downwind.
Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 – A Turkey vulture perched on a volleyball post @ 18th street.
Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 – I managed to catch the Turkey vulture in flight when I got a little too close.