Archive | November, 2013

Moving day in Toronto

30 Nov

We’re helping our daughter-in-law move.
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And now having dinner on Yonge St. near Davisville
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So, my last post this month. NABLOPOMO has been fun. Sorry if I deviated from my motorcycle theme.

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Just a traveling day

29 Nov

It seems that all I’ve done today, Friday, is change locations. I left this place this morning
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for this place this afternoon
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I avoided Black Friday shopping so missed all the mob scenes and tramplings.

Not a test. I was visiting friends in the boonies at the end of a phone wire with poor internet connection at best. After posting daily for almost a whole month I nearly blew it. I did post yesterday but after many struggles I guess it never actually worked properly. I am surprised that anyone noticed.

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Old survey lines

29 Nov

I spent Thursday afternoon retracing a boundary line created by a reference plan that I surveyed 30 years ago in the Bracebridge area.  It was interesting to find the monuments and tree blazes that I made and see how they have grown over.
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We refreshed most of the old blazes so they are more visible.
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Reading a good book

27 Nov

I’m reading Downhill Chance by Donna Morrissey, sitting in a comfy chair and enjoying a warm fire.
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Rice Lake is frozen over

26 Nov

We stopped for lunch at Rhino’s Roundhouse restaurant and noticed that the lake had frozen over. Unusually early; it froze three  nights ago at -16C.
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It’s almost time to go ice racing.
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Just one of those days

25 Nov

I spent much of the day researching and reading about Lake Superior agates; what they might look like before polishing and exactly where to look for them on the Keweenaw peninsula in Michigan. I’m not likely to strike it rich but hopefully I might find at least one special and memorable beach rock next summer. Thanks to   http://agatelady.com   for this picture.

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Having now struggled through two full days without any play time with my Vstrom, I picked up four library books that have been on my must read list for a while.

Copper Harbour – upper peninsula of Michigan

24 Nov

I’m planning a ride next summer along some of the shoreline of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. Stopping at the many lighthouses is priority and finding as many scenic twisty roads as possible to ride that connect them is the challenge.

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Copper Harbour seems like one of many interesting places to visit for it’s mining and shipping history. In doing some on-line research regarding geology to satisfy my interest and curiosity of collecting rocks and attempting to identify them , I stumbled upon the  unanswered question of the great copper heist. It’s amazing how my mind works when connected to the Google search engine. The Bronze age began about 3250BC

http://beckchris.wordpress.com/miscellaneous-lists/best-inventions-of-all-time-chronological-part-i-prehistory-1799/

It might seem that about 3000 BC a large amount of copper was mined on Isle Royale, in Lake Superior, and became the raw material for the Bronze Age.

http://www.science-frontiers.com/sf090/sf090a01.htm

The pits on the island clearly show that copper was mined about 3000BC but where did it go and where was it used? Hmmm … it seems tough to imagine how so much copper turned up in Europe at the same time.  The Newberry tablets of Minoan origin are an obvious connection. Do we have proof?
I suppose now I’ve got some winter reading to do before to learn about plate tectonics, Keweenaw rift, volcanoes, geology and glaciers, but who would imagine that I needed to order this book through Amazon.ca to read about the Minoans and Michigan copper trade.

Lost Empire of Atlantis