Thursday, July 23, 2009

more scenes of summer

What does a perfect summer Monday look like to me? Well, it starts with friends who turn up bright and early and help load our yellow canoe onto their multi-boat trailer. The subsequent drive to the Middle of Nowhere only takes 45 minutes.

Once at Grant Narrows on Pitt Lake we load and launch the canoes and head across the narrows to a series of winding waterways called Widgeon Slough/Creek. Crossing the narrows can be rough so Coco puts on her Outward Hound uniform.

Rhory and Lorna and their dogs are in one canoe, Greg and Coco and I are in another, and the Moore's youngest and our youngest are in a third. We are almost the only people out there. After paddling about five kilometres we land at a remote campsite where the humans eat and the dogs run around like maniacs.

Sandy has dome serious playing to do so doesn't stop to drink, instead bulldozing the shallows.

Poor Millie can't keep up with the speedy dogs but at least there's water to drink and play in.

A hike up the mountain and along Widgeon Creek ends at a series of waterfalls. The woods are deep and shady, the water is crystal clear and the sun is hot.

After hiking back down we paddle to a beach near the narrows and everyone cools off in the cold, cold water of the creek.

Paddling back across the narrows as twilight begins to approach, the light is amazing but by then I'm too pooped to take any more than a couple of photos.

Who knew Monday could be the best day of the week? A slew more slough photos here.


Blogger dinahmow said...

Ahh! Lovely
And the 'Outward Hound' made me splutter coffee on the cat in my lap!

24/7/09 1:45 p.m.  
Blogger Heather Plett said...

That looks amazing! That top photo is worth framing!

24/7/09 7:36 p.m.  
Blogger Ponita in Real Life said...

Used to hike around there when I lived in PoCo. Lovely!

Coco is stylin' with that life jacket on! Strutting her stuff down the runway, so to speak! Great photos, Andrea. Thanks!

24/7/09 9:57 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Dinah: Coco would appreciate that.

Heather: It's a good one, isn't it? My favourite probably of the set.

Ponita: It's a part of the area I haven't explored a whole lot but plan to do more. A friend of Greg's was in Minnekhada Park a couple of days ago and actually saw a bear, coyote and deer all at the same time!

25/7/09 12:06 p.m.  
Blogger secret agent woman said...

That does look pretty perfect.

27/7/09 5:37 p.m.  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Sounds like a perfect day to me! So, you didn't stay and camp? That crystal clear water looks almost tropical.

28/7/09 7:32 a.m.  
Blogger Costescu said...

What a perfect day! I love the photo of Coco with her jacket, too hilarious! The photo with the tree and the crystal clear blue water almost caused me to bash my forehead on the computer screen I wanted to jump in so is 34C here right now, I am melting! Can't complain too much though after the cold miserable spring, right...right?!?!?

30/7/09 6:09 p.m.  

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