Hannah and I went to see the snow cross at Sudbury Downs, which is the ‘OLG Slots; an amusements arcade that used to host horse races, the track had been converted into a race track for the snow mobiles, or ‘sleds’ as they are known colloquially. It is very similar to motor cross on in the UK.
They were using groomers to build/fix the track in between races. When we returned to the car, we spotted snow machines also sharing the carpark.
Only a toy though, for scale, here’s Tigger getting in the picture:
This is Hannah doing a great job clearing the snow off the car, also the snow last week and an icicle which had formed attaching our car to the ground. The car body gets remarkable warm in the sun, melting the ice on it, but it freezes again because although the car body is above zero, the air is below, so as soon as the water is no longer in contact with the car it re-freezes, and that is now icicles form!
We went for a meal with Katie and Troy last Friday night, Troy and I had 32oz Sleemans beers:
So this week Brendan wanted to try cross country skiing. Did you know that it is referred to as XC Skiing. I didn’t. I also didn’t really mind if we didn’t try it!! We went to Capreol XC Ski as it was the cheapest option – $5 for the skis and $5 for the trail pass. We tried the 2 km trail and it was AWESOME! We will definitely go back. The club is run by volunteers and they were all hugely helpful; from getting the skis measured to advice on trails. We both found it to be quite a good work out – although our methods differed immensely. Brendan favoured the ‘two ski poles in the snow and pull yourself forward’ method, whereas I liked the ‘walking in the snow on two narrow strips of wood’ method. Who knows who is right?!?! There were a couple of minor downhills which were fun but we both decided the uphill on this small trail was quite enough – if it had been any steeper we probably would still be stood at the bottom now as the snow was very slippy yesterday (not just our amateur opinion).
Today we are visiting the Snow-Cross at Sudbury Downs. I believe this will be people on snow machines driving fast in circles. I will let you know how it goes.
So having missed Shrove Tuesday we had a ‘stove Tuesday’ instead and pancakes on this day. We used a recipe off of the BBC website; I have determined that BBC must stand for Brilliant Baking & Cooking, as the pancakes turned out very well. Whilst in the Independent I picked up some maple syrup. standing in the aisle pondering whether the $12 glass bottle of organic syrup was really going to taste $9 better than the no name brand, and if the branded but non organic stuff was going to be better than the no name by $3, as perhaps it’s full of tasty chemicals… I paused to wonder what a Canadian might make of my conundrum. I asked a lad who was unloading a pallet of frozen food at the end of aisle. He informed me that he had been brought up on the cheap stuff, but the organic stuff was better, and that he could taste the difference. I decided what he said was possibly valid, but I didn’t really want to spend $12 on a glass bottle smaller and more expensive than the bottle of Port I bought in LCBO a number of weeks back. So I got the branded mid range stuff for $5. We both had a go at flipping them, Hannah’s was a better one, her’s landed not only in the pan, but also flat, mine folded up upon touch down.
Hannah got some posh tea from a posh tea shop (I mean where else would one get tea like that?), she has been really enjoying it, here’s a picture of a cup of tea: (in case you were wondering what a cup of posh tea looks like, the posh cup came from a posh… no wait, Benix)
Hannah is sat right now, on the sofa with Tigger:
Now of the sad news. Are you sitting? Big Aloe Vera is not well. I don’t know why, but it’s dying. I wonder if it has used up it juices living and is now shriveling up. This picture was taken on the 19th:
And these today the 20th:
Luckily my other reported little plant appears to be thriving thus far.
Last week while in Mississauga Mike K. a colleague gave me a lens from a projector TV after I told him about my taking pictures through my microscope. I was demonstrating to Hannah how the lens works; I held the lens up and placed a sheet of paper an inch or so in front of it, and voila. Outside.. but upside down…
Also, I gave Tigger a good grooming, he is beginning to appear to enjoy it! until he gets too static..
Then he usually retreats to safe location.
Monday, Family Day, we went to French River with our snow shoes. We set off at about 9.30am, passing by Tim Horton’s for a coffee, upon arrival we found the car park to be well packed snow and the wash rooms to be in constant use by travelers using the 69.
We walked, minus our snow shoes, to the Welcome Center, which is closed this time of year. As we passed under the back of the building we came across this icicle, it must be eight or more feet long.
We continued onto the snow mobile bridge, the sun shining, the temperature low, the wind chill was bitter on the bridge but in the shelter of the trees it had been ok.
Reaching the far side, we quipped about how we’d never walked further than the sign because of the long grass, the bugs and the heat. The snow machine trail is signed as “Parry Sound, 194km” back the way we’d come. Having only managed about 60ft we heard the sound of two stroke engines, around the corner came a group of five snow mobiles, we stepped right of the groomed trail into the deep snow and they passed by with head nods and waves. We walked on down the trail, then passed off the groomed trail on to a snow machine trail through the bush, not been groomed the snow was much softer, to the point that Hannah put her foot right through the slightly compacted surface.
We strolled back to the car, meeting another three mobiles on the bridge.
The last picture of the above 5 is of the groomed trail, they use a tracked vehicle called a groomer!
We then went on our snow shoe expedition to the Recollet falls. We walked mainly on the snow shoe’d path made by many snow shoes before us, but occasionally we wandered off it to experience the fresh snow and see how deep the snow is, we found that the snow is about two feet deep if you’re not wearing snow shoes! For those who have never snowshoe’d, this is Hannah demonstrating:
We made it to within 200ft of the falls, there was a very steep slope (10ft high and graded between us and our destination) Hannah had been leading, so she went first, after only a couple of steps she was at the bottom, much faster than she’d expected and now in the seated position laughing so hard that standing up was simply not possible. I then got a couple of pictures, wishing I had been videoing it.
The falls are only large in volume of water:
It had taken us an hour and a half to reach this point, then only thirty minutes to get back!
I got my 808 #16 HD camera the other day, I velcroed it to the underside of the LiteHawk Aero, and took it for a spin next to the Golder office, I crashed it after it flew out of reception, you’ll notice that during the video the motor slows, possibly stops, the helcipoter spins then regains hover, then crashes to the ground, no helicopters were hurt in the filming:
I think that Tigger is to blame, I am going to blame him anyways. The big Aloe Vera plant got broken off at grade (Structural definition: The level at which the ground surface meets the foundation of a building.). It doesn’t have any root at all, I have pushed it deeper into the soil to compensate for the lack of root, I think that it has been like this for a number of weeks, I am watering it regularly and it appears to be fine. Which is funny, as I didn’t think that plants live without at least one root..
I took some more pictures of Sudbury:
And one of Hannah and Tigger:
I have been flying lots still, in the bedroom and also now in and out of the living room, between the rooms. I think I only crash/uncontrolled landing maybe once a flight on average, unless I try new stuff. I am now able to fly the helicopter towards myself with a little confidence. The new chassis that I fitted is still in one piece, though the body is split already… I am not going to replace it again.