Just 15 minutes from home, Parking Lot P3, on the eastern edge of Gatineau Park, is just about our closest trail head. It’s not generally a preferred venue despite the good trails, as there are no convenient cabins for lunch stops. But today we just wanted a brief bit of exercise to punctuate what is essentially our annual ‘beach’ holiday. So Helen joined Sue and me for a 12 km saunter from P3, along #5 for a while, then back along Gatineau Parkway.
You can see from the above picture how close these cross-country ski trails are to the centre of Ottawa. The image below is just five minutes further along the trail, after diving off onto #5, still very close to the centre of town.
So, we enjoyed another sunny day on the trail. It was however unseasonably warm, rising to around 6C in Ottawa, a record for this time of year. At least it didn’t rain, though!
Back at home, it’s probably colder, but the season of unhappy news continues. Dot (my mother) has made a habit of falling over kerbs and is back in hospital recovering from her second hip replacement within twelve months. We wish her a speedy recovery. Meanwhile our condolences go to Pam, whose husband Len has died after a long illness.
We are pleased however to hear that John, who I visited on my way to Tyndrum a couple of weeks ago, has been putting ‘Poor Michael’ through his paces, and we also hope that Sue’s aunt and uncle, Rachael and Frank, have enjoyed their own cross-country skiing trip to northern Italy. They are possibly, in their own understated sort of way, the fittest of the lot of us. Keep it up, R+F!