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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Elk Lake

We went for a walk around the nature trail at Elk Lake yesterday. We hadn’t done that walk before, so we weren’t sure exactly what distance we would cover. Elk lake actually joins up with Beaver lake so to cover the whole distance would take hours and we didn’t have experience with these trails.

Next time we’re going to go the opposite direction as I think we can get a better understanding of where the trails lead. The trail we’ll use follows along the shoreline of the lake so that we can see where we’re at, rather than peeking through the bushes to try and figure that out. It’s a great walk non the less, although it is a very busy place with lots of joggers, people with their dogs and others just taking in the fresh air, beauty and getting exercise.

Our Gold Medal winning National Rowing teams here in Canada use Elk lake for their training, so we also had a chance to walk down and see where all their boats are and from the outside at least, the clubhouse. Here’s a link to more about them. You can see them out on the lake at all times and early early mornings…

While we were walking, we found a bench to sit and enjoy the view that you could see. We brought some fruit and water and it was nice to just sit in the quiet of the woods, with occasional pooches passing by walking their owners. This is the view, isn’t it nice. The other side you see is the part that if you continue to the left would join up with Beaver Lake. We’ll figure that out next time we go.

Just reflecting on the view makes you more cognizant of how much we need to preserve these beautiful surroundings and help Mother Nature do her work.

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On our way back to the car we passed by this lovely growth of Queen Ann’s Lace, at least I’m assuming that’s what it is. I’ve never seen it so big before, it was almost 5 ft. tall and so pretty. Next time we go, I’ll take more pictures because the whole area is just so beautiful. We plan to do more walks soon as we’ve missed those. In our own defence though, it has been really rainy and it makes for slippery walking on sometimes tricky pathways. Until next time.

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