Forts and more FortsVicki
Paul fixed one side if the galley sink (and broke the other side even worse) and I worked some more on the bimini panels and did laundry (yes, it still needs to get done). All work and no play does not make for a happy Vicki, so we played in the afternoon. We took off on the bikes for more exploring and ended up touring Fort Henry. A bunch of college age kids do a good job with the tours and the re-enactment. Kingston is the home of the Royal Military College, so you do see quite a few people in military clothing around town. The fort and a fortification system were set-up after the Way of 1812, guess they didn't trust the USA after that war. They also had a special ceremony for the troops in front of City Hall - Freedom Celebration - including the national award winning town crier.
2012/05/25, Kingston, ON
I managed to catch another yoga class, this time it was Bikram Yoga, full-on 106 to 108 degrees. It is in an older, charming part of town, in an older, charming building. The room was full, with over 30 people. Did I mention it was hot? I went into class early to relax and let my body adjust. Sweat dripping just laying there. The teacher was a very nice young woman, but I think she has taught the class a lot. She spoke very fast without much inflection and all I could hear at first was blah, blah, blah. I just followed along and eventually I could start understanding her. She did know her stuff and gave a lot of helpful hints. I did find as my body heated up it could do some of the poses better than when I do yoga in a normal temperature. I assumed the class was an hour long, and geared up for that, but it kept going! I had to readjust my assumptions and go with the flow. I do admit that I spent some time lying on the mat, doing some deep breathing. Worth the trip!
2012/05/24, Kingston, ON
We did a day-long slog to Cobourg and then an overnighter to Stella Bay on Amherst Island. I spent the day at Cobourg sewing on the side panels of the bimini, modifying them to keep water out and so we can roll them up out of the way when we want the breeze. No electricity, so it was turning the wheel by hand, my right arm is sore today! Stella Bay was a quiet, cozy anchorage, the only noise was all the birds singing.
Toronto: Day 2 & 3Vicki
2012/05/20, Queen's Quay
I really appreciated having Tania with on these first days of our traveling. Having her with increased my confidence in what we are up to, she made it feel do-able and not completely crazy. Tania was a lot of help in the Welland Canal and great fun in Toronto. She walked our butts off. We saw more of Toronto than we would have, by walking, subway, taxi and streetcar.
Toronto Day oneVicki
2012/05/18, Queen's Quay West
Okay, I love Toronto. We have hiked all over, saw the waterfront, the business district, condos galore, the funky Chinatown and University neighborhoods, the Art Gallery of Ontario and outside the government building. We ate at a wonderful vegan restaurant "Hibiscus". If I could cook food this good, I think I could be a vegan, at least six days of the week. The diversity is wonderful, and the open, friendly people are great. So many people on the streets!
Can't take Niagara River from Lake Eric to Lake Ontario, a little thing called Niagara Falls is an obstacle. The Welland Canal was built, in the 1800's to get ships across. There are 8 locks for a drop of about 300 feet. Once in the canal you are not allowed to stop, it is all about business. The big ships pass by quite close. One ship was loaded down and heading fast, the bow and stern waves were steep and close. We rode them out but almost lost our headway. After you flush down the first couple of locks it becomes less scary and by the final one you feel like a pro. I was glad to have Tania with, the women handled the lines and Paul kept the boat off the wall with a 2" x 4". It was only difficult when the wind would pick up.