Chica and the Canadian Snow Gauge – Wawa Ontario
In the Early Snowmobiling Years, Snowmobilers did not have information on the internet. Our riders came from Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Southern Ontario. They desperately needed info on the snow depths and trails.
Because I knew how to run a website back then, we decided to run a “Snow Cam” for all of our sledding guests. They could watch the snow pile up on our website. We showed snow depth by stacking the Canadian Snow Gauge in Wawa – 4 Beer Cases High.
I photographed snow depths daily, reported trail conditions, designed Trail Maps, listed trail closures/openings, photographed the snowmobilers & put them on the Snow Cam. Remember, back then, before the age of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, it was fun and cool having your photo on the internet.
I took thousands of photos – (Many have been uploaded to our Facebook Page)
I loved making silly photos, and adding jokes to the Snow Cam. (Do you remember when Paris and Nicole were today’s Kardashians?)
Back in 2004, we discovered the first Spiderhole, while John was under the Cottage, fixing frozen pipes!
Running the Snow Cam was SO MUCH FUN! Even though we went seasonal in 2005, I continued to run the Snow Cam for the dedicated Snow Watchers.
In 2012, I moved the Snow Cam off of my Website and onto Facebook.
Chica showed up in 2011 to help us measure snow. Frosty would come by every once in a while too. (Frosty had a crush on Chica)
The 4 Cases are usually buried by the end of February.
We never buried 5 cases until 2014
Chica was always so much fun to hang out with… She would join us in Cuba..
And she was a GREAT Bartender..
Chica was very concerned about our property damage after the disaster, and had to check it out.
But 2014’s winter was so BRUTAL, a mean snowman came and ate Chica’s baby! Oh no!
Chica Ran away and someone spotted her on the Magpie Reservoir, paddling toward Dubreuilville…
She found a new fellow at the Magpie Relay Hotel and has decided to stay! 🙂
Enjoy Dubreuilville Chica! We will miss you!
With Chica gone, I no longer bury the beer cases and photograph snow depths. Instead I photograph the wildlife and post them on Facebook and Jigidi. I even made a few videos for YouTube.