Wild Wild Noodles. I got to ride them today.

Wild Wild Noodles. I got to ride them today.

July 24, 2019 Wednesday Lock 39 Portage (middle of nowhere) Brock, ON  22.8 to  Chiefs Island on Lake Couchiching, Orillia, ON       nautical miles.

44°39’11.1″N 79°22’41.9″W
44.653082, -79.378298
Elevation: 719 ft               Locks 3   Descent 26 feet

Lock 39 Portage – It was wonderful night. Cool and crisp. Nice sleeping weather. We slept well except for the two trains that came through somewhere nearby. But it wasn’t the trains that disturbed our slumber. It was the darned pack of coyotes that got riled up at the trains.

Oh! Good Morning to you! 7:00 am

Along the Way

Locks open at 9:00 am.
9:05 am at the top of Lock 39 Portage. It’s a straight shot to Lake Simcoe 2.4 miles, 2 more locks and a couple of bridges.
Lock 41 These trees are not dying. They are changing color and dropping their leaves.
This is about the time of year that we would hear the first acorn drop onto our roof at our house in Lake Elmo and roll down. ☹

We pulled into the Orillia City Marina for lunch and to pick up a few groceries. We were greeted by about a dozen Looper friends before we got off the dock.

Lunch and grocery shopping. Once we saw the do-it-yourself bread cutter we knew we needed to try it. Custom slice your own bread. After we cut 10 loaves we took the best looking two and placed the other 8 back on the shelf.

Just kidding about the other eight loaves. But we really did cut and buy 2 loaves.

It was a tough decision to stay the night in the marina or continue on and anchor out as we had planned. Anchoring out won. We haven’t anchored out since July 9. (Staying on a lock is close, but not the same as anchoring.) . We both wanted to swim and Dale wanted to fish.

Nice toys. The sea plane looks exactly like the one on Mary’s new sweatshirt. The plane looks like it is sitting on some sort of a platform in the water.
Swimming! Wild Wild Noodles. I got to ride them today.
The black thing is a rope tied to the noodles so I don’t blow too far away from the boat.


Mary went to investigate what the whole lot of cussing and stomping on the swim deck was about. Dale had tossed out a fishing line and was fending off deer flies with the fly swatter. What did the Indigenous Peoples do?

The deer flies won. Fishing didn’t last too long.

One deer fly managed to get into the boat. Die sucker! (Do you think we need a new fly swatter?)


Lake Simcoe is name for Sir John Simcoe who was the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada in 1791. He is well known for having abolished slavery in 1793, 72 years before the United States.

Britain abolished slavery throughout its empire by the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 (with the notable exception of India), the French colonies re-abolished it in 1848. The Indian Slavery Act abolished slavery in 1843.

Drolleries and Yuks

Why did the chicken go to the séance?
To get to the other side.

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