Thursday, March 23, 2017

Prepping Insanity

While I was down at the Ottawa Locks for what I showed you in yesterday's post, I looked up the slope of Parliament Hill and decided to take a shot. 

I also decided to photograph the Bytown Museum here, which was open that day. It originally served as a commissariat during the building of the Canal from 1826-32, and has served in its current role as a local history museum since 1951. I've shown you the interior before.

One more glance from that day of the course.

These are from two later dates, one more bleak than the other, showing progress around the site. The course had coolers set up around and below the runway- these coolers allow the ice to remain frozen in outside temperatures up to 20C. As it turns out, that wasn't needed, since the two nights of the event were very cold. Tomorrow we'll have a look at the first night of Crashed Ice.


  1. I absolutely love this series, William! The colours, the lights, the snow, the details! Fantastic!

  2. Love the 1st photo looking up the slope. Looks really cold with all the snow.

  3. Brrr still frozen there---Flowers blooming here and I am setting out plants I started in the green house. can't wait to see 'Crashed Ice'.

  4. ...Ottawa looks like another place to put on my to visit list!

  5. I am amazed at the amount of snow you have. Your top 2 images are lovely. Intrigued to see what is coming next with the Crushed Ice event.

  6. I always enjoy these looks around town.

  7. Those first two photos are so charming and seemingly from a different era.


  8. The course appears to be challenging!

  9. I'm wondering if you can sled down the slope of Parliament Hill? Looks like it would a great place to do that, unless, of course, you ran into some US refugees hiding in the trees.

  10. @Linda: I like showing it.

    @Nancy: it was, and is cold again today.

    @MB: you are well ahead of us.

    @Tom: it is worth the visit.

    @Lauren: we got a good deal of snow over the winter.

    @Halcyon: I like showing them.

    @Janis: indeed!

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Marleen: it was!

    @Lowell: too many trees for that, and the Mounties would object!

  11. love the puffy clouds and sun within the clouds. nice!! ( ;

  12. Beautiful and interesting series, William !

  13. The idea of having coolers to keep the ice in-tact made me smile William 😀 looking forward to seeing the contestants on this man made course ☺

  14. I'm looking forward to crashed ice as I've never heard of it before.

  15. It will be interesting to see how this works.

  16. @Beth: thanks!

    @Karl: and more to come.

    @Grace: and yet they weren't needed!

    @Red: it was such fun to watch.

    @Sharon: it was quite the experience.

  17. The Crushed Ice event sounds interesting. Great series! I will look forward to seeing more! Have a happy day!

  18. Setting coolers is a great idea. Too bad they ended up unnecessary but weather is's good to be prepared :-)

  19. I can't imagine skating down that course!

  20. Great collection of pictures. Thank you for sharing.

  21. @Orvokki: thanks!

    @Eileen: it was a treat to watch.

    @Tamago: I imagine they always have them along, given how unpredictable weather can be.

    @Cloudia: thanks!

    @RedPat: and they go so fast!

    @Klara: you're welcome.

    @Stefan: thanks!

    @Tanya: I did, the first night. I've got two posts of that for tomorrow and Saturday.

  22. Wonderful series William. It will be interesting to see the participants maneuver the course.

  23. I saw an event like this in Sweden once. People that do this must be fearless!

  24. Did you know, you can buy the spruce boards they used for this at Restore??!!

  25. Very interesting series of photos William. The one of the side of the museum I liked particularly.

  26. Having broken a few bones I can't say I find the sport appealing but I do think it would be fun to watch.

  27. It must have been quite the sight!

  28. @Bill: it was something to behold.

    @Revrunner: definitely!

    @Janey: I agree.

    @Mari: it was brutally cold that weekend of the event.

    @Jennifer: that I didn't know.

    @Denise: thanks!

    @Kay: it was fun.

    @Norma: but snow is a good thing.

    @Jennifer: it was!