Our Events 2017


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Five Years Without a Haircut!

Today marked five years since I last had my haircut. Looking back two years I really don't think it is getting any longer now.


First Sail of the Season

We made our first sail of 2017 on Vesper today, on a warm 26°C day with good winds and sailed for an hour an a half. Even though it had been almost six months since our last sail, it felt like a very short lay-off.

Lynn at the helm Lynn at the helmr Adam & Lynn on Vesper Adam & Lynn with Vesper

Vesper is Launched

Vesper was launched today on a beautiful and warm spring morning. After she was in the water we rigged her and gave her a good washing and she is already to sail.

Vesper on the crane Vesper at the dock

Vesper is Ready to Sail

April has been pretty wet so far this year, but we found a dry day today to work on the boat and get Vesper ready for launch.

Vesper on her cradle

More Ice Skating on the Rink of Dreams

Outdoor sports have been difficult in the last month due to many thaws, rain and freezing rain making it hard to ski, snowshoe or even skate on the canal (which has been closed since ). The artificially-cooled Rink of Dreams at City Hall is still open for use, though, so we went skating there.

Lynn & Adam ice skating Lynn & Adam ice skating

Last Ski of the Winter?

With a big two-week long melt in the forecast it looks like winter might be already at an end. We took the opportunity of a last day below freezing to get out and ski on all the new snow.

With the weird weather it has been an odd year for skiing and so Adam has only done 13 days of skiing and 96.8 km to date.

Lynn & Adam skiing Snow ridges on pond ice

At the National Gallery

We were at the National Gallery on a very quiet Thursday afternoon. We were there for The Advent of Abstraction: Russia, 1914–1923 and the The Intimate World of Josef Sudek photography exhibit, too.

Lynn & Adam

Ice Skating on the Rideau Canal

At last the weather has cooled off and our previously melted Rideau Canal has become available for skating! This first time out on the canal this year we did the 15.6 km end-to-end skate and included a stop for lunch. Yes, Lynn ate all the saurkraut.

Lynn ice skating Lynn & Adam ice skating Adam ice skating Lunch Lynn tackles the saurkraut sausage

Ice Skating on the Rink of Dreams

January 2017 has so far been quite warm. The Rideau Canal has only been open briefly for skating and even then the conditions were not good. With a recent warm spell it has closed again. Lynn and I met up downtown and went for a skate on the artificially-cooled Rink of Dreams at City Hall instead.

Lynn & Adam ice skating

Snowshoeing in the Greenbelt

For Lynn's birthday we did a snowshoeing expedition in the NCC greenbelt. Due to a big thaw and refreeze the conditions have been poor for XC skiing, but good for snowshoeing this past week.

Lynn on snowshoes Adam on snowshoes

Snowshoeing Expedition

Lynn and I took our new snowshoes and set off along the Ottawa River shoreline for a hike. Snowshoes give the ability to reach places that can't be accessed any other way, especially at this time of year and we saw some things other people wouldn't see from the roads and pathways, like an abandoned power boat.

Lynn on snowshoes Adam on snowshoes Abandoned boat

Skiing in the New Year

Today was my first ski of the new year and I covered 7.5 km in the Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetlands in great conditions. So far this winter there has been lots of snow and I have skied 38.9 km over seven days to date.

Adam Skiing Blue Spruce