“Where’s Martin?” someone asked. Yes John, I spent hours and hours trying to find Willie with my children, so I wouldn’t want to waste anyone else’s valuable time doing that – though I do seem to recall it being quite fun.
I’m staying in Ottawa with my good friends and hosts, Ken and Helen, pictured above at the end of Lac Philippe on today’s 22 km ski in Gatineau Park to Healey Cabin and back.
Freezing rain was forecast later so we got going fairly early and were on trail 50 by soon after 9 o’ clock. It was cool but clear – probably around minus 5-10C plus a bit of wind chill. Anyway, it took about 40 minutes for my hands to warm up properly.
The ski back to P19 (Parking Lot No 19) was very pleasant (especially with now toasty hands), and we returned in the company of day visitors and heavily laden folk going home from their weekend based in one of the cabins or yurts hereabouts where you can stay overnight.
It gradually clouded over, so the early start was justified, but by late afternoon (now) the freezing rain had still not arrived. Weather forecasts here are nearly as accurate as those we get in the UK. Enough said!
Today’s highlight was the sight of an ermine, a type of weasel – Mustela erminea, going about its business quite oblivious of us. It crossed the track ahead, shot up a tree and into a hole, then a while later reappeared, shot down the tree and on its way across the snow. It was too quick for my limited camera skills, so I’m afraid you’ll have to make do with this blurry image.