Friday, September 29, 2006
After a little google search we discovered that garter snakes like frogs and worms. Well what with all the rain we've had lately, finding worms has not been an issue. Here's a shot of us feeding Maxly a big fat juicey worm. Yum.
Oh and don't worry, we're going to let little Maxly go back to the wild soon.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
The forecast wasn't the greatest but after waking up Friday morning and seeing Saturday downgraded from 80% to 30% chance of rain we decided to go for it. Glad we did too, it was definitely a success all around. Here are some pics that more or less tell the tale...
Walking stick, a very rare find. This may possibly be due to it being so extremely well camouflaged. But that's just a guess.
Here's one critter that will sure miss all the campers and the free grub.
Cheers and until next year...
Have a rainbow day.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
With an awesome weekend forecast (sunny and 30 degrees with the humidex) we decided to pack up the tent Saturday morning and head off to Murphys Point for some rest and relaxation.
Well I swear these weathermen are getting worse and worse every year at their job. As we neared Perth the entire sky darkened shrouding us under a thick gloomy cloud. It didn't look good but we toughed it out and sure enough it cleared up around 2pm and we headed for the beach to catch some rays.
Kids (and I) spent the better part of the day catching snakes and frogs. Beach activities for the kids consisted mainly of "giving the frogs swimming lessons" as they dove under the water's surface with an unsuspecting frog in their hand. Luckily frogs are quite adept at this sort of thing.
As per usual, here are some photos:
This northern water snake got a little ornery when my daughter plucked him from the rock he was sunning on. He actually bit her and drew blood. Left a small tooth behind in her arm too. Ouch. Later one of the ribbon snakes managed to express his desire to be left alone when he bit me not once but four times. Fast and furious little critters. No worries though, we survived and caught plenty more snakes the next day.
As you can see from these beach shots, we practically had the park to ourselves.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Gawd I love potato chips.
More than anything I love trying new flavours of potato chips. Especially the hot ones. My one and only complaint is WHY are they so damn hard to find?
Last spring I was in London, England and decided to take a stroll through the neighborhood grocery store and see what kind of new and neat food I could purchase and bring back home to Ottawa.
Well when I hit that chip aisle my jaw hit the ground. I was mezmorized. They had a whole shelf dedicated to different flavours of crisps. Knowing that there was no way I could jam even one bag of these mouthing watering salty snacks into my suitcase I was left only to stare. And stare. After about 5 or 30 minutes I pried myself away from the display and nearly slipped and fell on the pool of drool that had accumulated at my feet. If I ever make it back to London I know what will be my first stop... after the pub of course.
Now Kettle Chips can be easily found in my neighborhood grocery store BUT where oh where are these flavours?
Sea Salt with Crushed Black Peppercorns
Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar
Salsa with Mesquite
Crème Fraîche, Lemon and Coriander
Double Gloucester and Red Onion
Buffalo Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil
Korma (Coconut,Ginger and Coriander)
Mild Cheese with Sweet Onion
Tomato with Basil and Green Peppercorns
And what about Lay's potato chips? Everybody knows Lays', "Bet you can't eat just one." Why is it assumed that Canadian's taste buds are bland and ill-equiped for the festival of flavours that they offer down south in the US? Check this list out:
Cheddar & Sour Cream Artificially Flavored Potato Chips
Limon Flavored Potato Chips
Dill Pickle Flavored Potato Chips
FLAMIN' HOT® Flavored Potato Chips
Hot'n Spicy KC Masterpiece BBQ Flavored Potato Chips
KC MASTERPIECE® BBQ Flavored Potato Chips
Kettle Cooked Jalapeno Potato Chips
Kettle Cooked Mesquite BBQ Potato Chips
Kettle Cooked Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips
Light KC Masterpiece® Barbeque Flavored Potato Chips
Limon Tangy Lime Flavored Potato Chips
Natural Classic Sea Salted Potato Chips
Natural Country BBQ Thick Cut Potato Chips
Sensations Kettle Cooked Lime & Cracked Black Pepper Potato Chips
Sensations Kettle Cooked Sweet Chili & Sour Cream Potato Chips
LAY'S STAX® Cheddar Flavored Potato Crisps
LAY'S STAX® Dill Pickle Flavored Potato Crisps
LAY'S STAX® Hidden Valley Ranch Flavored Potato Crisps
LAY'S STAX® Hot'n Spicy Barbecue Flavored Potato Crisps
LAY'S STAX® Jalapeno Cheddar Flavored Potato Crisps
LAY'S STAX® KC Masterpiece BBQ Flavored Potato Crisps
LAY'S STAX® Pizza Flavored Potato Crisps
LAY'S STAX® Spicy Buffalo Wings Flavored Potato Crisps
LAY'S Wavy Au Gratin Flavored Potato Chips
LAY'S Wavy Hickory BBQ Flavored Potato Chips
LAY'S Wavy Hidden Valley Ranch® Flavored Potato Chips
Not to mention all the different brands that we CAN'T get here in Canada.
Chicken Tikka Masala
Cheese & Onion
Heinz Tomato Ketchup
Lamb & Mint
Marmite Yeast Extract
Salt & Vinegar
Steak & Onion
Asparagus & Crushed Black Pepper
Smoked Salmon with Horseradish & Capers
Jalapeno Chilli and Lemon
Thai Curry and Coriander
Ludlow Sausage with Wholegrain Mustard
Anyhow if anybody out there knows where I can find me some speciality chips let me know.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
All in all we had a great time playing with them and watching the male get all worked up over the female whom he was forbidden to touch. Personally I don't blame him, she was pretty hot.
Saturday we did some hiking in the morning and then back at it in the afternoon. Unfortunately the afternoon proved to be a bit of a write off after we were stung by wasps and steered away from the trail by a porcupine and delayed by an accident (don't worry, it wasn't us and nobody appeared to be seriously hurt).
Sunday I took the kids biking down the mud filled trails of the Marlboro Forrest. We were about 1/2 km down the trail when a cruiser passed us with its lights flashing. Luckily I chose not to make a break for it leaving the kids behind and decided to ask him what was up. He said that his partner had managed to get himself stuck and he was going in to have a laugh at him. I found out later that his partner was actually on duty in his own police cruiser.
"Pigs" in the mud. What a scene. After helping them out we traded a few stuck in the mud stories and had a few laughs. I offered them a beer and a doobie but they declined.
All in all another fun and exciting weekend.
Monday, September 04, 2006
Hike to High Falls:
Hike along the Barron Canyon:
The two specs are canoes down on the Barron River.
Snakes and frogs:
We believe this is an Eastern Milk snake but I suppose it could be a young Northern Water snake. If you think you know for sure drop us a line.
This bullfrog was kind enough to remain perfectly motionless while I snapped a couple of pictures. Wish I could say the same for the rest of the gang in my canoe.
This adult Northern Water snake was nearly 4 feet long. Again I'm guessing that's what he was as I don't believe the Black Rat snake lives in and around water. Regardless he had me gagging when he decided to let off his defensive stink all over my shirt.
We'll be back again next year, Algonquin.