Is this a fruitless call for help? Perhaps a call to celebrate the feast of May Day?? Or possibly a desperate call to petition for a day in May when spring will actually arrive with its requisite warm weather. A combination of the 1st and 3rd is the likely answer as we yet again sit huddled inside the trailer looking out at the drizzle and rain in balmy 45F temperatures.
Leaving the Bath House on April 10th the Captain and Debbie Dewdrops engaged warp drive as we headed for the Oggorfian Empire, DD’s ancestral homeland. The original plan had us setting up camp at the Nicolston Dam Campground and using this as our home base until BBB and LL’s arrival in late May for the commencement of our summer of 16 Atlantic Canada Tour. Please reread opening paragraph before proceeding. Due to a “severe” ice storm the Nicolston Dam Campground’s opening would be delayed. Last minute arrangements were made for a place to store the trailer and DD and CC found refuge at MODDs (Mother of Debbie Dewdrops) where we stayed until we were finally able to move to Nicolston Dam on April 20th. Our 10 day stay provided us the opportunity to begin the rounds of visits with DD’s numerous (well 6 anyway) siblings and catch up on some shopping and other chores.
Uncle Pete’s Celebration of Life
As mentioned in my previous post my Uncle Pete, Mom’s twin brother Arthur (Pete) Powell, passed away at the age of 86. A Celebration for Pete was held in Port Perry on April 24th. Many of my cousins, some of whom I had not seen in about 45 years were there as well so it was great to reconnect and catch up a bit.
We moved into the Nicolston Dam Campground on April 20th. Park is still in the process of cleaning up from the ice storm and opening up facilities so we didn’t have our water connection for the first week and the washrooms weren’t available but that has all been taken care of now so all is good for the next 3 weeks.
Trees Damaged by the Ice Storm
The Campground is on the site of an old mill and is run by the Nicolston family who have been on the property since 1853. And yes there is a dam. There is also a fish ladder on the river. CC was fortunate to record a fish attempting to go up the dam. DD claims it must have been a male fish. Had it been a female fish she would have consulted the river map and seen the fish ladder off to the side and used it rather than flail about in a fit of macho madness.
Fish jumping at 9 to 13 second point in following video.
Just down the road is the Nottawasaga Resort. At the resort there are some beautiful hiking trails through the golf course and CC and DD have used these for hiking and running.
Views of golf course from along the trails
Wasaga Beach Trip
We headed out on a day trip to the famous Wasaga Beach on Georgian Bay. The place was deserted as could be expected due to the time of the year and the weather. DD and CC had spent a day here when we were 16 and the beach was wall to wall people. We have no photographic verification of this trip as DD continues to have ISSUES related to the operation of her new (6 months old now) camera.
On the way home, with DD navigating we mysteriously found ourselves parked in front of the Georgian Downs Casino and since we were like there you know, and like we needed a bathroom break you know, we went inside for a bit of relief. Well CC was quickly relieved of $20 while DD was relieved to come out ahead to the tune of $90. This made up for a previous trip to the Woodbine Casino where both CC and DD were cleaned out of their $20.00.