Rather than sit around and be lazy this weekend, Mike and I headed north with 8 of our friends (and friends-of-friends, who are now our friends too!), and went canoeing in La Verendrye Wildlife Reserve. I think the thing I love most about Canada is that after only a 3 hour drive (and half a day's paddle!) you can get out of the city and be in the middle of nowhere, with only a couple of loons and a few dozen frogs for company... and maybe a moose or a bear or two, but they didn't come out and visit this time around.
anyway, here's a few pics from the weekend... more to come in a day or two, after I've raided everyone else's collection! :)
Mikey steering the boat:
Setting out from the end of the portage trail ("to portage" is to carry your canoe and all your gear over a section of land - usually from one lake to another, or around an obstacle such as a beaver dam, a waterfall, or a rapid that's too difficult to go through in a canoe). you can just see the trail behind John and Lindsay's yellow canoe:
on the beach, checking out the next day's route, and soaking up the sun:
Jeff and Jenn mid paddle:
Leo and Rhonda beaching the boat for the night: