Blue Day Two

The sun is shining. We have around +1 temperatures (give or take depending on where on the hill you happen to be) with a wind chill making it feel like - 7 (give or take depending on how much shelter you have from the wind at any given time).  That's pretty close to ideal ski conditions.  

The students have again been making tracks in the snows of Blue, going up, coming back down, and going up again before coming back down again. That's pretty much all there is to skiing, but I didn't confirm any of this information (especially the weather) with Wikipedia, so take it with a grain of salt and maybe a little pepper too. 

We're looking to board the bus at 4 and will likely arrive back at the school sometime this evening. A more approximate time will be posted upon departure. 

 Atop Blue! Hello world! 

Atop Blue! Hello world! 

 Getting ready to go down! 

Getting ready to go down! 

 What a beautiful looking run! 

What a beautiful looking run! 

 Annual acquisition of Beaver Tails... No beavers were harmed in the capturing of this image. As for beavers harmed in Canadian history - well that's a story for another day. 

Annual acquisition of Beaver Tails... No beavers were harmed in the capturing of this image. As for beavers harmed in Canadian history - well that's a story for another day. 

 Sure we'll get a pic here... The line up for Beaver Tails is long at the moment. 

Sure we'll get a pic here... The line up for Beaver Tails is long at the moment. 

 But sooooo worth it. 

But sooooo worth it. 

Blue Mountain - A Great Day on the Hills!

Blue Mountain is a site of some epic skiing. The conditions were pretty good. Plenty of snow, a bit of ice (careful negotiating those hazards!), but as always - long runs, great views, and even a bit of fun. 

 Blue Mountain has some fascinating history to it. Did you know the first lift consisted of two sleds pulled up the hill by a cable running on the ground and powered by a truck engine? I didn't either until I read it on Wikipedia just now and then promptly posted that information to this blog.  

 Anyway, the students have all checked in and retired to their rooms for the evening. Big day tomorrow, lots of snow to carve! 

 Lift time! 

Lift time! 

 Lunch time! 

Lunch time! 

 Coat? And get even hotter? Curving this snow is a work-out. 

Coat? And get even hotter? Curving this snow is a work-out. 

 At the top of Blue! 

At the top of Blue! 

 Pizza in their suites tonight! 

Pizza in their suites tonight! 

  "Have you got the picture yet? Standing still isn't exactly my idea of skiing."

 "Have you got the picture yet? Standing still isn't exactly my idea of skiing."

 Grade 8 Boys getting their 'za on! 

Grade 8 Boys getting their 'za on! 

  "Sup." 

 "Sup." 

 The view from our suites. (At least the ones on this side of the hall. But I hear those on the other side have a glorious view of the parking lot. 

The view from our suites. (At least the ones on this side of the hall. But I hear those on the other side have a glorious view of the parking lot. 

Grade 4-6 (Days 2&3)

Finally enough signal to post up some notes.   

The weather has been spectacular.   It's been over 30 degrees and super sunny.   All of which means lots of time at the lakeside. 

 

The students have been swimming for hours at a time.  The Stand Up Paddleboards and kayaks are very popular.  Mrs. Swail-Duke has been running SUP yoga for any students who are interested and the students love trying to do a headstand on the board.

 

The Grade 5 students, paddled over to the island for lunch and a swim this morning, while the Grade 4's were rock climbing.   There are so many "Landsports" (basketball, tennis, beach volleyball, street hockey, soccer and baseball) for the students to play.  The Grade 6's enjoyed a morning of water sports and "Landsports" before getting ready to hdead off for their over-night camping trip tonight. 

 

We'll sadly pack up tomorrow morning and be on the road by 1:30.  Watch this Blog for updates about our arrival time at the school. 

 

Grade 4-6 (Days 2&3)

Finally enough signal to post up some notes.   

The weather has been spectacular.   It's been over 30 degrees and super sunny.   All of which means lots of time at the lakeside. 

 

The students have been swimming for hours at a time.  The Stand Up Paddleboards and kayaks are very popular.  Mrs. Swail-Duke has been running SUP yoga for any students who are interested and the students love trying to do a headstand on the board.

 

The Grade 5 students, paddled over to the island for lunch and a swim this morning, while the Grade 4's were rock climbing.   There are so many "Landsports" (basketball, tennis, beach volleyball, street hockey, soccer and baseball) for the students to play.  The Grade 6's enjoyed a morning of water sports and "Landsports" before getting ready to hdead off for their over-night camping trip tonight. 

 

We'll sadly pack up tomorrow morning and be on the road by 1:30.  Watch this Blog for updates about our arrival time at the school. 

 

Grade 4-6 Camping

Good morning from camp,

Yesterday was amazing, from swimming, to hiking, to pizza by the evening camp fire.   The students had a wonderful first day.    

Although the weatherman says today is going to super hot and muggy, the day has started grey and a little moist.   Breakfast was French toast, eggs, yogurt and cereal.   Our fingers are crossed that the sun makes an appearance later today in time for our swimming. 

 

All the staff have been taking pictures and videos and we look forward to sharing them all with you when we get back.   The cell reception is very poor to non-existent.  Just remember that we may not be able to post any updates and certainly no pictures.   I keep in touch with the school when possible.  Take care and know ALL the students have been having a great time.

 

Zone Trip to Casa Loma

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Today the Zoners ventured to Casa Loma for an unbelievable lesson of history of the home itself, Toronto, and well as the World Wars (Casa Loma contains an intriguing collection of World War relics and artifacts on the third floor).  

 From the social history of a working class family at the turn of the 20th Century, to the outbreak of the war and beyond (and how it effected Canadians all across the country), the students were totally engaged in their guided tour - particularly during the ghost stories! 

 Although there are battlements atop the walls, Casa Loma is not an actual castle, as it was not built with the fortifications to withstand a military assault.  

Although there are battlements atop the walls, Casa Loma is not an actual castle, as it was not built with the fortifications to withstand a military assault.  

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 This room is very much haunted.  

This room is very much haunted.  

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Quebec Day Four - The Ghost Walk

Yeah, those stairs are tough... To go from Lower Town to Upper Town is approximately 1200 steps (according to the pedometer...not 1200 stair steps, only a few hundred of them, but so much steep uphill walking). 

 Like these stairs

Like these stairs

Anyway, on to the Ghost Walk:

They were scary, hilarious, and quite informative. Do not believe it when your child says they weren't frightened. When a "ghost" suddenly appeared, students scattered for their lives!  And THAT was hilarious. 

 In fairness, who wouldn't run from this guy?  

In fairness, who wouldn't run from this guy?  

Our tour started with the ghost of the executioner of Quebec during the French colonial era. He took the group on a tour throughout Upper and Lower Towns, with his "victims" - people he had executed popping out of no where looking for revenge.

They all had gruesome tales about their crimes. 

 

 She killed two of her husbands, one with a pitch fork. And she's looking for a third, even from beyond the grave! 

She killed two of her husbands, one with a pitch fork. And she's looking for a third, even from beyond the grave! 

The students were totally engaged. Yes, there was laughter, but it was a lot of nervous laughter in attempts to lighten the scary atmosphere. The ongoing lightning and thunder in the background only enhanced the experience, and fortunately for us, the storm passed us by. 

 For an executioner, he was quite receptive to the students' questions. 

For an executioner, he was quite receptive to the students' questions. 

I think we're leaving around 9am tomorrow to make for English Canada. See you all later today. 

Quebec Day Five: Return trip

Breakfast was had. Bags were packed. The bus was loaded. Like Frodo, who vanquished the Dark Lord Sauron by taking the One Ring to Mount Doom, we now get to start our return journey home. 

 Though we likely had a more enjoyable time in Quebec than this poor hobbit had in Mordor

Though we likely had a more enjoyable time in Quebec than this poor hobbit had in Mordor

I imagine we'll be pulling into the school between 6:30 and 7:00 pm tonight. A more exact ETA will be posted once we get closer to the school. I'll report on any lunch stops we make or anything of the like.