it always rains in thunder bay

OK, I admit that is not a fair statement as I have only been here twice, and it just so happens that both times it was raining.  I like the rain, it's just not conducive to drawing outside, but that's fine. After a long day on the road with many stops, it's nice to hunker down in my little room and do some work. 

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It was perfect for exploring earlier. Grey, with a low cloud ceiling, cool and still. I had the highway mostly to myself, and some of the parks as well, because here they close for the season. But what luck, you can still get into most of them AND the outhouses are not locked up and still have TP! Thank goodness, because I drank a lot of tea today.

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One of my first stops was Chippewa Falls which I nearly drove past but thankfully spotted the gorgeous falls as I was crossing the bridge. There was a sign that said AY Jackson painted this particular waterfall during one of his painting excursions to the Algoma region. Also, it's located in the exact middle of the Trans Canada Highway route if you were traveling from Victoria, British Columbia to St. John's, Newfoundland. It's nice to be in the middle of things sometimes. 

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The second stop was to Pinguisibi Falls closer to Wawa. 

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I regret not having gone back to the car to get my journal so that I could do some drawing here, especially since it was much warmer than it was at Chippewa Falls, and it hadn't started raining yet. Oh well. It was nice to wander up to the top of the falls and just watch and listen. The Ojibwa used to fish in this river. It would have been a major transportation highway via canoe (and portage, because you can't canoe a goddam waterfall!). It felt like a very old, very sacred place and I am so glad I had the opportunity to stop and see it. I took many photos so there can be paintings and drawings at a later time.

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Then not even one song into my favourite Be Good Tanya's album, I came across Katherine's Cove! 

 

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This little sheltered cove has warmer water, so you can go swimming. That might have happened had the BD been with me because he's crazy like that. Dude loves hot tubs and freeezing cold swims. Hypothermia is not something I wanted to experience on this trip, so I abstained. I'm boring like that.

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Then a few songs down the road, I can across Old Woman Bay, but as you can see, it started raining and I felt the need to get some miles behind me so I didn't arr've in Thunder Bay at midnight. 

Now that I'm settled in and stretched out, it's time to process the things I saw today. 

continuing from a drawing i started last night about a field of tall grasses with trees islands jutting out from it.

continuing from a drawing i started last night about a field of tall grasses with trees islands jutting out from it.

sketch number one inspired by some of the waterfalls i saw today.

sketch number one inspired by some of the waterfalls i saw today.

i drove along the section of highway heavily lined with tamaracks. they had more needles on the way in, but they are still splendid in their seasonal transition.

i drove along the section of highway heavily lined with tamaracks. they had more needles on the way in, but they are still splendid in their seasonal transition.

start of another waterfall sketch. this one is specifically inspired by the High Falls of the Magpie River, also near Wawa. i really want to spend more time exploring the gorgeous area around Wawa.

start of another waterfall sketch. this one is specifically inspired by the High Falls of the Magpie River, also near Wawa. i really want to spend more time exploring the gorgeous area around Wawa.

So here I am, spending my last evening in Ontario. Tomorrow I am back in the prairies. Three more days of exploring left! 

Maybe you will be dry tomorrow Thunder Bay, so I can get a better look at you.