Sunday, August 6, 2017

Where Roads and Rivers Meet

If you like the title of my blog post, you're not exactly in the same boat as most of Peterborough. "Where roads and rivers meet" was the proposed new tagline for the city but it was widely rejected recently. Despite it being a rather accurate description, I think its irony comes too soon after the great flooding we experienced this and previous springs. Social media spots and other various online publications have suggested a contest for a new slogan. Some of those suggestions as well as previous slogans, and those for the Trent and Kawartha area in particular will appear with my images below.

london st generating station
Slogan: Electric City
These are the churning waters of the London Street Generating Station.

fishing on the otonabee
Slogan: The place at the foot of the rapids
This woman was fishing closer to the shoreline at the base of the generating station.

Slogan: City of bridges
A small show of defiance on the nearby walking bridge.

litlle lake kayaks
Slogan: It's just around the way
Regardless of water levels, many locals have kayaks and canoes, and enjoy getting around town via the waterways.

lower side lock 19
Slogan: Heart of the Trent-Severn Waterway
A twenty minute walk or a three minute drive from the above scene, we found ourselves at Lock 19 where some of the same boats were now in action. This group really got around on that day.

lock 19
Slogan: Gateway to the Kawarthas
The watery gates were soon opened and they continued on their way.

canoes by lift lock
Slogan: Bright waters and happy lands
A few boats having a bit of a rest near the lift lock.

lift lock
Slogan: Marine highway
And here is the lift lock in action. A couple of boats (including the Lift Lock Tours boat) in the left chamber are about to make their ascent.

lift lock2
Slogan: The land of shining waters
Almost at the top, they'll continue their journey north along the Trent-Severn Waterway. The caisson on the right was full of smaller boats including some of the kayakers we saw in previous photos. I told you they really get around.

little library
Slogan: Popular Peterborough for progressive people
Peterborough has dozens (it would seem) of these Little Libraries around town.

Slogan: The participaction city
A little more graffiti on the way into Jackson Park expresses sentiments like "the whole earth is our hospital" and "resolute kindness."

meadow rev copy
Slogan: Nestled in nature
It was a beautiful early summer day with puffy clouds scudding across the sky. This Jackson Park meadow was very inviting with its long grass undulating in the wind.

male downy
Slogan: Where land and nature nurture us
A male Downy woodpecker was working hard at this one tree. His rat-a-tat easily caught my attention.

vine covered pole
Slogan: Is there anyplace you would rather be?
This pole pretty much disappears behind the vines.

Slogan: Your life right here
Step back in time with this beauty parked near my place. Something tells me that it's from 1956.

on a walk
Slogan: It's a natural
One of the many pretty spots seen while out walking one day in May.

graffiti at jackson creek
Slogan: The wide awake city
A litte more graffiti because who doesn't love bees? And cake!

birthday rainbow2
Slogan: Come share the magic
And finally, let's close this tour with a rainbow - a double one, in fact. This one illuminated our view on my birthday while my younger son was visiting and we were both on speaker phone with my older boy. Life is good!