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New England Trip 2012 – Day 4 – Brattleboro VT

New England Trip 2012 – Day 4 – Brattleboro VT

After visiting the Creamery wooden covered bridge, we headed into downtown Brattleboro VT to find something to eat.  The colorful Autumn leaves were all around us and there was plenty to photograph. 

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Breeding Bird Survey 2012 – Day 1

Breeding Bird Survey 2012 – Day 1

June 9, 2012 – This is our third year of conducting breeding bird surveys in the region of Highway #1o1 north of Sudbury, Ontario. In order to get to our campsite before dark, we need to leave Ottawa before 5AM. 

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Catskills to home – the last leg of our New York trip

Catskills to home – the last leg of our New York trip

Our stay in the Woodland Valley campground was a damp one but inside the tent it was dry – a good thing :-). When we awoke in the morning, the humidity was very high but the rain had stopped and some blue patches of sky could be seen through the foggy air. Where ever a bit of sun broke though and struck the earth, a cloud of ‘steam’ was rising giving an almost mystical effect to  our surroundings. There were 72 camping spots at this location and, as far as I could determine, we were the only ones who had camped overnight. In the morning, the camp warden dropped by to remind us that we still had to pay (no one around when we arrived at 8PM) but not many other signs of life.  It was nice that here was enough sunlight out in the open area to allow me to dry out the tent before packing it up, so, before having a bit of breakfast, I picked up the still assembled tent and moved it out into the open.  That’s a nice feature of a free standing tent such as the North Face Mountain 25, when the poles are in place, the tent is completely moveable so you can move it to a favorite spot before pegging it to the ground. Before long, we were on the road again and heading north toward Boonville, NY.

When I am not in a tremendous hurray to get somewhere, I prefer to utilize the secondary highways when traveling in the United States rather than the Interstate highways. Often the travel time is not much longer, my speed is lower and therefore fuel economy increases, and as an added feature, I get to stop on the side of the road to photograph interesting things.

The route that I was taking this time around brought me once again to Boonville, NY except by a slightly different route which brought me past the museum rather than directly into town. Today was one of those days when the museum was closed so I ha to satisfy myself with a peek through the window, a few shots of a covered bridge and three young ladies who assured me that they were much busier at the start of the day when they had outdoor education classes underway with energetic groups of children.

Boonville is located at the upper end of the Black River canal system.  When the canal was operational, it linked this area of the country with the Erie canal system but is now just another page in history.

From Boonville, we continued north, crossed the border at Ogdensberg NY and arrived home safely. I would be heading further north only two days later so  just enough time to transfer files from CF cards to the computer, wash some clothes, repack and get ready for another adventure in Norther Ontario.

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Central Park, New York City, NY

Central Park, New York City, NY

After attending a morning AGM business meeting, Adell and I were free to do some more exploring. Central Park was nearby so, although we were now dressed more in business attire than in vacationing attire, we visited many of the walkways in the southern section of Central Park. Business footwear is not as kind to my feet anymore :-).

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A visit to the United Nations

A visit to the United Nations

After a walkabout in the area of Times Square, we walked over to the location of the United Nations complex in time to take one of their guided tours.

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Stowe, Vermont


We started off the morning X/C skiing at the groomed trails of the Trapp Family Lodge located on a mountainside above Stove, Vermont. There was still lots of snow in the woods but since the weather has been warm during the day and then freezing overnight, the trails, although groomed, were rather hard and granular in the morning when we first started out.  As the temperature increased, the snows softened and skiis became more manageable.

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Wakefield, Quebec – Flickr Ottawa outing

Spring's A'Comin'

Wakefield, Quebec – Flickr Ottawa Outing

Nice day today. Great day actually. Early Spring. Sun shining. Snow melting. +15C. Can’t think of any good reason not to join up with a group of photographers and wander around the back roads near Wakefield, Quebec with cameras in hand and no one in a rush to go anywhere in particular.

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Wakefield, Quebec and the Gatineau Hills

Every so often, when the sky is blue and the clouds are passing quickly overhead, I get an urge to hop in the car, travel across the Ottawa River, and spend some time wandering around the Gatineau Hills and along the shores of the Gatineau River. I usually end up at the Covered Bridge a bit upstream form Wakefield town center. This day was one such day.

Lac St. Pierre

Tent Caterpillars

Ruisseau St-Denis

One of the beaches at Meech Lake

Hay Rake

Wakefield Covered Bridge across the Gatineau River

Bridge Information: The Wakefield Covered Bridge was built in 1998 after a fire had destroyed the original Gendron Covered Bridge which had been at this site since 1915.  The construction of the replacement bridge was a community project utilizing 600 Douglas Fir boom logs salvaged from the Gatineau River when the logging practice of floating logs down the Gatineau River was discontinued. The bridge itself is 288 ft (87.8 m) long and 18 ft. (5.5m) wide and is 16 ft. (4.9m) above the normal river level.

I react to Poison Ivy so when I’m traveling on trails I have to always be watching that I don’t step in the stuff as I’m backing up to get the perfect shot. In a different language, the words might be different but the allergic reaction that I get is the same. This noxious weed knows no boundaries!

Another good day with no complications. Great to have nice weather.

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