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Thursday, August 7, 2014
The Results are In! Clam Race 2014
Here's a shot of Brian, our resident Clamologist, with the official measuring device, about to start wheeling the track left in the lake bottom by Clam #61, "Bing-clam-ton", the entry of 6 month old Henry Button (from Binghamton, NY)
It was a very small clam, for a very small person... But FAST!
Quite a crowd came to join us on Clover cottage dock for the official Measuring. Including Napster, who got Sarah to ensure that he could get close to the action without getting his fur damp. Oh, yes, we had people there too!
This is a close up of the measuring device -- carefully engineered by Brian many years back, and (because it is a Canadian Race) crafted from an old hockey stick, eh? It is important not to place the clams too deeply in the water, because if they run straight, it can be challenging to get to the final point of the run. It doesn't matter which way they run -- some run in circles, some run into each other. Tracking them is an art and a challenge. Some simply dig deep into the sand and vanish from our view. Like Sarah's entry, "My Darling Clamantine." We sang her the second line of the song "You are lost and gone forever"... It seemed apt.
Running into the Silver Medal position we had two clams in a dead heat at 6'. Digger, the entry of 2 year old Andrew Martins; and Chris Clamfield, the entry of Vivian Welsby. The race this year belonged to the young!
Into the bronze medal position, Mike Slattery's entry, The Aga Clam, was closing fast on the competition at 5'10.
We always caution our guests that the Race course is carefully patrolled by the mallards, and people must be sure not to go into the water until the race measurements are completed. Some of them don't believe us, but here's a shot of one of the Race Stewards checking up on Brian.
Brian's clam "ThermodyCLAMic ran into 15th place. Other notable efforts were turned in by Shellfire, Coquille Monster, Master and Clamander, Blonde Clambition... and in 4th place, the entry of the MUSKOKA MUSIC MEN, Wild Racing Clam.
We also learned that soaking the clam in a mix of water and Red Bull did nothing to enhance performance, since the clam didn't leave the start line (might have wings, but apparently did not have feet... or in the case of a clam, foot) So let that be a lesson to you John Watt... Stick to the old training methods, when you used to jog across the lawn carrying the clam in a small bucket to get it used to speed...
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Summer is here. The lake and the loons are calling, the cottages are ready... and Environment Canada is predicting a hotter than usual summer -- so where better to spend some of that than at the Lake of Bays, in one of our lakeside cottages. Get out of the city, restore your soul...
We also have some vacancies for the summer still --
We've got a fantastic place to gather, enjoy the scenery, relax by a fire, and spend time with family and friends. Whether a quiet couples' getaway, or a family reunion or a club outing , we've got your cottage waiting.
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We are very proud of Napster, our tail-painting cat, who uses his lovely artwork to raise money for charities. This lovely little creature passed away July 2015, but left a huge legacy, having raised over $12,000 for various charities through the sale of his artwork. That artwork, through prints and notecards, is still available. Click here to visit Napster's Blog and visit the gallery of his tail-paintings.
Now sold around the world, he was honoured to have his artwork sold around the globe -- he even has a print with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Click on the following links to enjoy a 'virtual ski' round some of our 15 km. of groomed track set cross country ski trails. Thanks to Altitude and Attitude, North Muskoka gets the kind of winter you can really enjoy. Huge thanks to Eric Prince, the creative mind that made this videos happen!
Click here to enjoy seeing a variety of our trails.
And Click Here for another cross country ski adventure.
and this one, in 2014, just days before the snow vanished, from Hawke Lake on down. Click Here
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