Cruising on Last Dance

This blog archives the adventures of Glen and Jill Moore and provides a means of communication for friends and family. Exploration and adventure have been synonymous with boats and water for centuries. The joy of adventures shared while exploring new places and meeting new people has built a strong bond for Glen and Jill. Last Dance is the platform for the exploration.

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." St. Augustine, 354 - 430

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910

"There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats." The Wind in the Willows, 1908, Kenneth Grahame, 1859 - 1932

"I've never believed speed and ease are conductive to living fully, becoming aware, or deepening memory, a tripod of urges to stabilize and lend meaning to life." River Horse: a log book of a boat across America, 1999, William Least Heat-Moon,1939 -

The Great Loop -- The current adventure is a circumnavigation of the Eastern United States, cruising north up the east coast through New York into Canada, across the Great Lakes to Chicago, navigating multiple river systems south to Mobile, along the Gulf coast to the Florida Keys and back to St. Augustine. This trip by boat is commonly referred to as the Great Loop. Progress and current location are indicated by the red line on the map to the right. It was titled the Traceless Path in recognition of a German sailor we met in St. Augustine who published booklets of his travels with hand-drawn, detailed maps describing his travels across the water as the Traceless Path.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Trent-Severn Canal -- Architecture

Architecture along the waterways has been varied and interesting.  Along the shores of the Trent-Severn are some notable and different architecture.  West of the Peterborough, the Trent College campus lies on both sides of the canal.  The architectural theme is applied to all the buildings and even to the pedestrian walkway across the canal.  In the last photo, a benefit of attending a college on a waterway can be seen: students are enjoying a swim.

The old adage -- People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones -- has always been a puzzlement since one does not see glass houses.  However, there is one on the Trent-Severn.  Many adages about glass houses and privacy could easily be coined as the owner was observed preparing lunch as Last Dance passed by.

While not having interesting or innovative architecture, a church built on an island was unique in that the island is so small that the only structures on the island are the church and a dock.  Everyone wishing to attend must arrive by boat.

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