AS we prepare to move to Australia and start to learn about 'walk-abouts', we decided to prepare by doing a walk about in Keji. Normally, we do a canoe-about, but the wind was a bit too strong and we did not want to have a blow-about on Keji Lake.
Keji is well sign posted, even when on the water, and so with just a bit of attention to detail, you should not get lost.
The trails, on and off the water, are groomed and the tricky parts have extra support.
The old growth forest in Keji is defintely worth the walk to see. The old pines and hemlocks are as big as they get in this part of the country.
Our goal was the upper or northern chain of lakes. We call this area Frozen Ocean after the largest lake in the chain. At this point, we are 4.5 KM from the parking lot and almost to the closest camp site - #17.
As a hiking destination, 17 is great. As a canoeing destination, it is far too far to get to for the reward of the site.
We were not the only denizens wandering about. We met up with a number of snakes...
... and a few interesting growths.
After a brief refreshment and a short rest to admire the view, we turned around and walked out.
On our way home, we stopped to take a picture of ourselves in the big red chairs. All parks now have these chairs. Last year, there was a competition to see who could photograph themselves in the most park chairs.
Just for fun, here we are at the Keji seaside adjunct in their big chairs.
This winter - 2015-16 - was the first here in Port Mouton for us since 2008. Back then, we actually lived in Dartmouth, and merely visited Port Mouton on the weekends. However, this year, we lived here through the full winter. Since Christmas (see last post), we have been busy with projects, the big job hunt, and enjoying life here. Luckily, we did not have to shovel too much snow.
We did, however, have to chop a lot of wood. After burning through our meagre supply, we had to go to the local wood guy to get more.
I did have a few trips out of town to Red Deer, China and Ireland in search of the new adventure. Ireland (Paddy's house is a great place to stay) would have been nice, but Australia will be great! (you will have to wait for that post!).
We also got out of the cottage to visit a few local locales such as,
We did have a few storms that left us with some snow ...
... and at times threatened to wash us away with high tides ...
.. after the snow stops, the weather can be beautiful.
However, most of the time, we had great weather and spent time outside tidying the property and enjoying the lovely Queens County atmosphere.