Friday, July 20, 2007

Going dark

It's going to be quiet around here for the next three weeks. We're loading up the family truckster for a trip to the East Coast. We'll be spending a week in Fundy National Park, a week in a private campground in Nova Scotia, and a week in Prince Edward Island National Park. Check back in August for photos.

In the meanwhile, you can amuse yourself by reviewing our "greatest hits" collection:

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

And if the cloudbursts thunder in your ear

Sunday night was a wild one, weather-wise. The area was under a tornado warning for some time, with a couple of F1 twisters touching down about 30 minutes west of us.

I stepped out into the back yard, looked straight up, and snapped a few quick photos before the torrential rain and hail started coming down.

The pictures aren't the best, but there was clearly rotation happening in the clouds. Luckily it passed us by quickly, and we didn't see any funnel clouds.


Monday, July 09, 2007

Mikisew Provincial Park

We're just back from a week at Mikisew Provincial Park, near North Bay. What weird weather. While the folks at home were enjoying some warm sunny days, we had pouring rain at night and cool mornings. We had the heat on in the trailer a couple of times - it was 6 degrees (42 for those who don't do Celsius) when we woke up! The girls were biking wearing gloves on July 1, the same way they were on January 1. Climate change in action. At least it was warm enough to enjoy the Canada Day fireworks on the beach.

We managed to get to the beach a couple of afternoons, once the sun came out. Cool water, but still ok for swimming, and the girls were playing with some clay that we found.

The park is very small, so the only biking is on the park roads. There are some hiking trails that claim "bikes allowed" but you certainly don't want to bike around them, unless you are an extreme mountain biker. I would say that the trails are moderately challenging for hiking, and nearly impossible for biking. Nevertheless, we did manage to scrabble our way around one of the trails on the bikes, walking them where we couldn't pedal.