Thursday, December 7, 2006

Algonquin ... in a good mood

The last weekend of November found us at Algonquin Park. Algonquin is a crazy place -- a wonderful mix of dense coniferous forest and Canadian Shield -- and is, like, half the size of France. Lumbermen and trappers preceded the tourists here.

But on this day, no one awaited us but a lonely gatekeeper and a visitor's centre operator doing nothing more than trying to justify their presence. These are the attractions of the low season. No tourists -- just silence.

The first trail took us out to Bat Lake, an acidic lake, which means no fish, but lots of other life: birds, insects, and all manner of reptile. The second took us down the short Whiskey Rapids Trail. As you can tell, the water was running high on the ol ' rapids that day, leaving us with serious soakers. Amy managed to steer clear, avoiding recreating a scene from Deliverance. Sadly, no whiskey in sight.

Weekend beast count:
2 deer
2 woodpeckers (one half the size of France)
1 large white rabbit desperately hoping for snow
14 grouse

3 comments:

Kevin said...

Chad, this is a very nice. Should your public be getting ready for a weekly blog out of you? I look forward to it!
One thing though... You may want to be more descriptive when making references to a movie like "Deliverance"! My first thought was (after the inital shock), " I didn't know Amy could shoot bow."

Harkai

Really nice work

Kevin said...

Chad, this is a very nice. Should your public be getting ready for a weekly blog out of you? I look forward to it!
One thing though... You may want to be more descriptive when making references to a movie like "Deliverance"! My first thought was (after the inital shock), " I didn't know Amy could shoot bow."

Harkai

Really nice work

Chad Fraser said...

Not only that, she can single-handedly strap her trophy to the trunk of the Sunfire ... before it even dies.