Travel adventures.

Saturday, December 20, 2008


Environment Canada warned on Thursday that residents of Ontario, Quebec and the eastern provinces were about to experience a "Snowmageddon". The government actually came up with this name for the series of storms this weekend. Great name, eh? I was lucky enough to work from home, and watch the storm from indoors. They say yesterday's storm dropped about 25 cm (10 in) of snow on top of the 10 cm (4 in) already blanketing Toronto. Today, it's sunny, -10°C (14°F) and the air is nice and crisp. So, I decided to go out and have a walk in the snow and enjoy the sun, because another 20 cm of snow is expected tomorrow.

Of course I had to lay in the snow and make a snow angel like a moron. A couple of locals shook their heads and laughed at me as they walked by. While I was playing in the snow I saw this police boat come across the lake and into the harbour. As you can see, they have a propeller driven boat, kind of like the swamp boats they use for swamp tours in Louisiana. This one was pushing through the thin layer of ice, but I wonder if they could skoot across the top of the ice if it was too thick. At the end of this video, you can see the ice cracking as the waves roll to shore. Being from Texas, this is a sight and sound I had never heard before. It was kind of interesting.

I stopped by the beer store on the way home and picked up a two-four to make sure I have plenty to make it through the next big storm tomorrow. In case you were wondering, Canadians call a 24 pack of beer a "two-four".

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