Wednesday, August 29, 2007

There she goes again...

Ok, so it took me longer than I thought it would to get these photos online... turns out that studying for my sailing test was more complicated than I was expecting it to be. But all is well - I passed! (now all I have to do is get access to a boat, so I can actually sail it!)

Anyway... the trip last week was in La Verendrye Wilderness reserve. Its in a HUGE park (12,589 square km) in Quebec, about 3 hours north of Ottawa. We've been before, just for a long weekend, so this time we decided to go by ourselves and stay for a week, taking in one of the longer loops in a different part of the park. This trip was a 65km loop, which is rated as a 5-day trip. We took a week to do it, allowing ourselves plenty of lazy, late mornings, and eliminating the need to paddle for more than a few hours each day.

We took loads of photos, of course (we were hoping to see a moose, but never did), so here are just a few of the better ones:

first night's campsite:

mmm... dehydrated fajitas fixings (it looked much better after 30 min of soaking in water, and another 30 min cooking time!)

sunset, after a brief rainstorm

the view from campsite #2 - that lake is deceiving, by the way - it was FREEZING!

which way is up?

out of the lakes and into the twisty little creek... we'd hoped ot see a moose in here, but all we saw were his footprints
Scary Halloween tree

paddle, Mikey, paddle! :)

I love how this one looks like I used one of those fish-eye lenses
Here we go a-portaging across a little rapid... (or so it was marked on the map... water levels were about a foot or more too low, so the rapids all became mini-waterfalls or at least lift-overs)

Arrgh! Blogger keeps messing up and not uploading my photos, so that's all you're going to get for now... Besides, I should go make sure I've got everything so that I don't miss my flight tonight!

See ya in Newcastle on Thursday!


Anonymous said...

Have a safe journey back to Newcastle. Your pictures of the canoe trip are lovely. I do like the one with the oval look. We are so lucky to live in this beautiful empty country. If you want to be alone, there are many places to go, and still be near civilization. Wouldn't it be nice if it lasted forever.

DaviMack said...

You could always try something like Flickr for your pictures instead of Blogger - it'd allow you to expressly license them (or not), as well. Some of these are nice enough that they should be licensed for use....

Just a thought.

Beautiful. :)