A visit with old friends.
09 July 2016 | Hamilton, Ontario Canada
We are starting our tour of Lake Ontario, and to do a proper tour, you need to start at one end and go to the other. Our personal visit to Lake Ontario would not be complete without a visit with old friends. My working career took me to Canada hundreds of times, with offices in Toronto, Burlington and Windsor, I made many great friends and had many great memories. A visit to Hamilton on the West end of Lake Ontario gave me the opportunity to host some of the retired, soon to be retired and still working friends on our boat. As I have always said you have to enjoy work and the people you meet to make it worthwhile, and I certainly enjoyed this group.
Entering Lake Ontario from the Welland, we were shocked to see how cold and deep it was, we had heard the stories, but you have to see it for yourself. Shortly after leaving Port Dalhousie, we had 100 feet of water, and saw temperatures in the low 60's. (I am not sure that was completely accurate, as that is one Instrument that seems to have gone bad.) However, the wind was cold. The cold lake created what I will call a "storm destroyer" we watched many thunderstorms develop over land and split or decay quickly as they approached Lake Ontario. Even some of the large storms that hit Lake Erie over the weekend, simply split in half, and went north and south of us. I am beginning to like this lake.
As with all cruising, most of the time the wind is blowing the opposite direction from your desired course, so it is either a few hundred tacks or the droan of the engine that gets you from point A to B. I am looking forward to setting sail.
Tomorrow we plan to be in either Port Credit or Toronto.
Fair winds and following seas,
Ed and EJ