Water, Water Everywhere

Monday, June 21, 2010 Road Junkies 0 Comments

EAST COAST ROAD TRIP, CHAPTER 53:
IN WHICH WEEDS DIE THE ORGANIC WAY
  
Day 52:  Ottawa, ON to Bowmanville, ON.  Ottawa offered up more interesting sights as we explored the city this morning looking for letterboxes.  In the Ottawa River near Parliament Hill is a small, low-lying island. (pictured above)  For some reason, sea gulls have adopted the island as their nesting home. Thousands of gulls cover the island, and one would suspect there are many, many eggs there as well.  
  
The raucous cries of the gulls were a constant background noise when we visited the Hill on a quiet Sunday morning.  Although it doesn't appear on maps becaus it is so small, we're told the island is known as Hull Island, perhaps because the city of Hull lies across the river.  Descriptively, Gull Island might be a better fit.

This morning we had the good fortune to witness a very interesting weed harvester on the Rideau Canal.  Manufactured by a Canadian firm, the Aquamarine Lowrider mechanically removes nuisance vegetation and algae from the canal.
  
The Lowrider
Last month we noticed a profusion of dandelions on the lawns of residences and commercial buildings and learned that the use of most chemical herbicides has been banned in Canada.  Aquamarine, the manufacturer of this ingenious device, offers a line of equipment for environmentally safe cleaning, including a trash hunter to be used in rivers and lakes.

Searching for letterboxes took us to a couple of human-engineered waterfalls today, one in Ottawa and one in Port Hope.  Hogback Falls in Ottawa was formed by the creation of a water-control dam to harness the waters of the Rideau River.
  
Hogback Falls
Built as a part of the Rideau Canal project in the 19th century, today a park around the falls provides trails and walking paths offering visitors opportunites to enjoy this functional beauty.

DAILY STATS
  • Miles driven:  261
  • Letterboxes:  3 (+1 hitchhiker)
  • Gulls on Hull Island:  8,502
  • Moms with strollers walking near canal:  117
MONDAY, 21 JUNE 2010