Today’s (Tuesday’s) exertions took Sue, Tim and me (Ken and Helen having both gone to work) to P7, Kingsmere, for a sunny 22 km ski, mainly along Ridge Road.
Here, two popular cabins, Shilly-Shally and Huron, are linked by a steepish hill, pictured above, that is known as the Khyber Pass. It was quite difficult to climb in today’s icy conditions, but a joy to descend later in the day.
Shilly-Shally was host this morning to this lone red squirrel, and to nuthatches, woodpeckers and chickadees (like great tits) on the feeder.
It always seems strange to me that red, black and grey squirrels appear to live happily side by side over here, whereas in the UK the red squirrels are perceived to be an oppressed minority. Perhaps it’s all to do with habitat.
It was about minus 6C in the Park today, with wind chill taking the temperature to around minus 15C. However, in the calm of the trees under a warm sun it was very pleasant. Here, Sue luxuriates in the sunshine shortly before an arduous passage along icy trail 1B, on which we worked up an appetite for lunch at Huron Cabin.
It was really noticeable today how friendly everyone was compared with the weekend ambience amongst visitors to Gatineau Park. It’s much nicer here mid week, though at weekends you are much more likely to bump into someone you know…