Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Snowshoe testing

Snowshoe run

Finally conditions were just right (read: ski conditions sucked) to test out the snowshoes that Santa brought us all for Christmas. I opted to head up to the Kanata Lakes area again as it's only about 20 minutes from the house whereas Gatineau Park is closer to 45 minutes. It turned out to be a great choice.

Swamp crossing Snowshoe run
Porcupine in a tree Posing with the new snowshoes

The snowshoe and ski trails weave through this area making for a great day of exploration. We brought some snacks and water and, over the two days, we easily spent 5-6 hours here enjoying the great weather. We spotted lots of animal signs but thanks to the crunch crunch of 4 pairs of snowshoes we didn't see many deer. We did however find a couple of porcupines curled up for their daytime sleep - one family in the small rocky crevice and one high up in a tree.

Btw, they are making a mess of the trees in some spots as they chisel off the outer bark which they consider to be good eats. Between the porcupines and the beavers, the Kanata Lakes volunteers may want to consider a relocation project or two. Just saying...

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