I had a vacation day today, the day after a weekend on-call shift. This year I decided I didn't want to work 12 days in a row, so for this weekend and the next time I have pager duty, I have a day off in between. Today started out with breakfast from the diner across the street from where I live, sitting in the park catching up on personal email while sitting on the new lawn chair I bought, and trying to decide whether to visit Toronto Islands. In the COVID-19 era, the ferry there is open to non-residents, at half capacity, and everybody has to wear a mask, even on the top deck, which is open to the elements. I had the presence of mind to take a bad selfie with the CN Tower in the background. How else are people going to know it was taken in Toronto?
I had no plan other than to take a Toronto Bike Share on the ferry and bike around Wards Island, which I hadn't seen much of previously. I was treated to this view of downtown Toronto:
It was a short bike ride, no longer than 40 minutes. Near the end of it, I took a wrong turn and ended up on a boardwalk on Centre Island:
I had intended to get a hot dog at a local bar (with outside seating), so with half an hour to spare, I did just that. 5 minutes before the ferry was due to leave, I discovered the bike had a flat tire. That meant I had to wait for an hour for the next ferry, and I couldn't venture far due to disabled bike, though I was able to read a book on a bench.
On every trip I take, I try to fit in a boat ride. There's no travel for the foreseeable future, so for $9, that's my boat ride for the summer.
For more photos, see my set of the trip on Flickr.