Sunday, 28 October 2012
I have a pal who represents several outdoor products and on occasion he puts samples my way. The auger tent pegs, the water bottle with solar charged light in the top, the waterproof sleeve for my phone - all useful for an outdoorsy guy, but these socks are far and beyond the best.
They're made of very fine merino wool and don't itch. They aren't knit so much as engineered. The sole is thicker than the top, the heel and toe are shaped and the ribs over the ankle are smooth on the inside so you your skin doesn't look like you've been extruded after wearing them all day. The machines that do the knitting must be amazing.
Saturday, 27 October 2012
Thursday, 25 October 2012
If you mention elm trees here in Ottawa, its really surprising how many people recall this one. It's located on Queen Elizabeth Drive, just east of Bank Street where the road divides each side of a treed median. If anyone, besides me, considers large trees to be heritage elements, this surely qualifies.
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
The Kenneth A. appears to be abandoned and may well be past restoration, especially now that there are so few freighters to tow.
Monday, 8 October 2012
Not far away is the charming village of Kilarney where there are still working fishing boats and a number of lodges.
Sunday, 7 October 2012
There is a large swing bridge (112m span) which opens on the hour to allow large sail boats to pass. It was built in 1913 as a rail bridge but now serves as a one lane road access to Manitoulin Island. Seldom have we arrived on time for the bridge opening and usually tie up at the town docks for a few minutes to pump out the holding tank, take on fuel and inevitably a dash to the liquor store. Rob, who gets called Wally by most of the boaters, from Wally's boat service even recognizes us our penchant fro sailing through the bridge passage.