In early October fellow Woody Boaters Julie & Chris Bullen organized a “last gasp” cruise for the folks from the Toronto Chapter ACBS up in Muskoka, Ontario – when the fall colors in the area are at their peak. A few days after the event, they kindly sent us the following report, but we asked Julie & Chris if it would be OK to wait a few weeks and so we could include the story in the official “Last Gasp” week here at Woody Boater. As usual, it’s great! – Texx
4 Shepherds, 3 Hour Cruise, 2 Steamships and 1 Monster.
Story and Photos by Julie & Chris Bullen
With rain threatening the event all week, we lost a few members whose faith in Mother Nature was less than trusting. Still 9 boats and 29 hardy Woody Boaters arrived in Muskoka to defy the threat of nasty weather.
As the few boats trailered in and launched at the ramp, the skies were gray and a scotch mist fell on the varnish. By the time we all gathered and started on our way, our luck held and the rain stopped for the duration of our trip.
Unfortunately one of our enthusiastic regulars who has been a great supporter of these events, blew his transmission 15 minutes in. The rest of us carried on to see the change of the season and the wonderful fall colors.
Behind the lead boat our 4 Shepherds kept the rest of the flock in line as we meandered into coves and bays around are lake.
Coming out of a long bay we met up with our first steamship – the 126 year old “RMS Segwun” , as honks and toots were acknowledged and many photos were shared from both angles.
After many waves, we continued on around Browning Island where we came upon a monster sitting on a dock.
We slowed and quietly slipped by unnoticed as it did not make a move.
“Koilos” is a 900-kilogram (2,000 lb) sculpture, which stands more than four meters tall (over 13 feet), and recently found a new home on a Muskoka cottage dock in August, after the artwork’s admirer became worried others were damaging it while it was on display in Toronto’s Distillery District. Click Here to learn more about the story of “Koilos.” – Texx
Now on the home stretch back to the warmth of a fire and pot luck lunch, we approached our second steam boat – Ok you got me its diesel powered, but it’s a replica of a steam ship “Wenonah II.”
More waves and on we went. We all made it back for the lunch and shared the great camaraderie of the Woody Boater family.
With the last run of the year celebrated, it is now time to put our babies to bed for the winter and dream of where next year’s adventures on the water will take us.
Julie & Chris Bullen
Special thanks to Julie & Chris for sharing their great story with us today, and congratulations to everyone who participated in this years final cruise. It looks like everyone had fun (except the fellow who lost his transmission) and we look forward to more stories from Julie & Chris in 2014.