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A beautiful and buggy mountain bike

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 20:10

A beautiful and buggy mountain bike ride today.  The camera was accidentally set to something weird and the bugs precluded stopping to check it out, so here is a photo from the weekend.  The trees were several days later than Gatineau Park in leafing out.

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A  forest full of soggy, white

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 22:12

A  forest full of soggy, white trilliums.

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A spotted sandpiper posing for us on a

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 21:23

A spotted sandpiper posing for us on a branch overhanging the water.

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The lake is deeper than we have seen it

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 21:16

The lake is deeper than we have seen it in 45 years – new paddling possibilities as all the shoreline boulders are submerged.   The beavers seem fine with it.

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A swamp revisited – the earlier

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 21:06

A swamp revisited – the earlier photo was posted on April 23.  The lake has risen almost to the height of the dam, but the industrious rodents had beaver-engineered 100 meters of nearby flooded forest using vegetation and twigs.   Impressive.

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What a difference a day makes!  

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 13:18

What a difference a day makes!   Greenery and BLACK FLIES are busting out all over.   By noon the temperature had reached almost 30 degrees.

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Mountain bikers spotted yesterday on

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 13:14

Mountain bikers spotted yesterday on Ridge Road

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Summer arrived today!  20 degrees, and

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 23:16

Summer arrived today!  20 degrees, and just a smattering of black flies.  For the moment they are noticeable only when stopped on the trail or while drinking coffee at Biscotti.  Have you seen this BUG FORECAST?

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Loon escort     Loon escort on Meec

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 19:24

Loon escort

 

 

Loon escort on Meech Lake.

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Perfect running weather – 12

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 10:50

Perfect running weather – 12 degrees and light drizzle.  Tally: 4 well behaved cars, 1 extremely fast elderly silver Toyota Echo (Garry claims it is the same car that zooms by on the north loop every Saturday morning around 9:00), about 50 cyclists, zero roller skiers, 1 ovenbird, countless red-winged blackbirds, zero blackflies.

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The visitor’s center loop has the

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 10:30

The visitor’s center loop has the most prolific ground cover of white trilliums that I can recall seeing.  It’s worth visiting this natural “zen garden”.

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For a Friday morning, there was a

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 14:45

For a Friday morning, there was a record number of cyclists out enjoying the last hour or two of   car and bug-free cycling.    Perfect weather, dry roads and sunshine.   At noon the gates were open to cars – until October.  The black flies managed to beat the cars in and were in evidence at the lookout.

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Cyclist (and skier) Dave.  Nice

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 14:40

Cyclist (and skier) Dave.  Nice chatting with you today!  Now I will recognize you on or off skis!

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Champlain Lookout – and blue

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 14:38

Champlain Lookout – and blue skies for a change!

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A photo from

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 18:49

A photo from Monday

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Susan and Laura – see how pleased

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 15:35

Susan and Laura – see how pleased Laura is with her new bike!

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The blue sky and sun was a bit of a

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 15:32

The blue sky and sun was a bit of a shock today – how long has it been?!   It was a gorgeous morning for a long bike ride.   Many, many cyclists were out in the park, enjoying the last couple of days of car-free cycling.  There were also numerous runners and hiking groups.

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Extra photo from yesterday’s hike

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 09:22

Extra photo from yesterday’s hike.

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How spring was (not) progressing

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 09:10

How spring was (not) progressing yesterday, seen from the Huron Lookout

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Snow squalls and sun this afternoon.  

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 23:11

Snow squalls and sun this afternoon.   This snowy stretch of Ridge Road was not too far from Penguin.  Sometimes the falling snow was wet and sometimes it was like tiny moth balls.   When the sun came out  the chill left immediately, if only for a short time.

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