Monday, October 29, 2012

Carman Hike

Yuriko and I did a session of restorative Yoga and followed that with coffee and a pastry at the Carman Bakery. We then went for a hike on the Carman walking path. It has several footbridges (my favorite) and an amazing number of trees. Half of the time it was hard to imagine that we were walking in town.

Lots of crunchy fallen leaves.

Yuriko at one of the bridges.

It was a chilly day but by this point we were starting to warm up.

The Boyne River is frozen over but not strong enough to walk on I'm sure.

This plant was still  green in spite of the below freezing temperatures for the past few days.

There were a lot of trees with the bark scraped off like this. Deer sharpening their horns?

We finished off  with Robin's delicious home made tortillas with  black bean and beef sauce.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Another Version of West Hawk Lake

This was the park patrol. They were mainly after food.

The hikers in full gear starting off on our 10.5 mile hike on Saturday.

These trees were planted in 1956 and looked amazing.

The birds are obviously used to being fed but they wouldn't quite sit on Harold's hand.

And the food. Salmon BBQed  on good.

With roasted veggies, polenta and chicken wings.

The diners.

This is the entrance to one of the most beautiful trails in Manitoba.

It begins with a little waterfall.

There is a lot of bright green moss.

The river that winds to the lake.

It was raining a bit but that only made it more gorgeous. The moss and rocks glistened with moisture.

We climbed a rocky path..

And saw this grouse at the top.

McGillivary Lake.

But how do we get out of here? Studying the map.

One of the big rocks of the Canadian shield.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

West Hawk Lake

We rented a cabin at West Hawk Lake in the Whiteshell area of Manitoba last weekend. This guy (gal?) dropped in for a friendly visit and a bite to eat.

The hikers (minus Robin who took these photos) posing in front of one of the massive rocks that make up the Canadian Shield.

Some plants grow right on the rocks.

Notice the Bald Eagle on top of the tree on this island.  Nobody noticed it until the picture was up on the computer.

Moss grows on everything in this area.  This is the most beautiful hike we've taken so far.

It starts at this stream with a little waterfall.

More rocks. The colours and textures are wonderful, especially at this time of year.  It was either misty or raining all day so everything  was glistening with moisture.

I love the reflection in the water.

Most of the rocks are covered with this lichen.

The path followed this little stream most of the way.

We had to scramble down the front of this huge rock. Below you can see the swampy area.

That is McGillivary Lake in the distance.

I loved this path made of small stones.

Someone built this inukshuk on the rock face.

This little guy fluffed up his feathers to scare us but stayed put long enough to get a picture.

At McGillavary Lake.

Here we are debating the best route back to the car. We didn't get lost on this hike.

The rain was dappling the water in this small pond.

The moss on this log was the brightest green I've ever seen in nature.

We had to scramble down a steep hill to get back to the car.
All of these photos were taken by Robin Debreuil.