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Vandalism at Nadeau Open Air base.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

My sister and I enjoy walking at the Andre Nadeau Open Air base. It takes us about 75 minutes to walk the entire circuit. It's a lovely, quiet trail that crosses several streams. It's only about a 12-minute drive from where we each live, so it's a great place to meet and get in a quick health walk when our time is limited. It's free to walk the trails, even though people rent the installations for weddings, family reunions, etc. Today, a group of military cadets was enjoying an outing at the open air base.

Unfortunately, the base has been having problems with vandalism at night. Among other things, some of the tepees were vandalized and two were stolen.


The base is considering hiring a full-time guardian, and charging a fee for walking on the trails to help offset the expense. We'd better enjoy our free trail while we still can!

  
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JAZZEJR 5/6/2012 5:53PM

    Wow--a lousy few ruin it for the many. It's the way of the world.

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GOPINTOS 5/6/2012 7:51AM

    Awe, that's too bad. Hopefully they will get it figured out.

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CARTOONB 5/5/2012 8:45PM

    It's nice that you have a great place to walk. Hope it can stay free - both in cost and from vandalism.

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AHAPPYLIFE 5/5/2012 4:51PM

    There's always a spoiler in the bunch!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/5/2012 3:57PM

    What a shame! Vandalism is such a waste... no one wins. On the plus side, what a lovely spot... and may you enjoy it freely while you can.

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SHERYLDS 5/5/2012 3:39PM

    in my area, more and more of our public parks have started charging 'parking' fees.... these parks aren't all that accessible to begin with . It is sad. More and more quality of life is less and less FREE. Remember when television was free....now most people need cable to get reception. Wait until you need a
kindle to borrow a book from the library

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LJCANNON 5/5/2012 3:20PM

    emoticonI agree with what the others have said, and IF they do have to start charging for the use of the Trails, hopefully it will be a nominal fee and you can consider it 'fair' exchange for the Added Security.

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WALKINGWOMAN07 5/5/2012 3:17PM

    Oh, I hope you don't lose your free trail to walk on! Isn't it always the few who wreck things for the rest? Too bad.

Keep walking!

Irene in BC

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NEW-CAZ 5/5/2012 12:42PM

    I can't believe some folk! Can't respect other peoples' property.
Makes my blood boil.

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KASEYCOFF 5/5/2012 12:37PM

    Why is it people vandalize such places? I've heard all the excuses (and that's how I view them) from 'They're kids and don't know any better' to 'They're poor and have no alternatives for their spare time' to 'They're bored and it gives them something to do.' What fun could possibly exist in breaking things? If you can afford spray paint to clutter up the landscape, you could certainly afford some low-cost alternatives. If vandals have no value for public spaces that people enjoy, do they place any value on private property? The lives of pets? People?

Saddened to hear about that, Rej, and I'm with you - make the most of it while you can.
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ARNETTELEE 5/5/2012 12:36PM

  It's sad that some folks don't respect the property of others. It spoils things for everyone!

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Grassroots struggle for GMO labeling

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

I just read PENNYAN45's blog about GMO labeling, and I decided to write my own. It angers me that the labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms requested by so many citizens has been blocked by the threats and political manipulation of companies like Monsanto. I was glad to read that there's a grassroots movement in California to require the labeling of genetically modified food. We have a right to know what we're eating!

articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/
archive/2012/05/01/monsanto-vs-gmo-lab
eling.aspx


Dr. Mercola has written several articles about the dangers of genetically modified food. You can find them on his site.

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JCDUBEA63 5/5/2012 12:38AM

    Thanks for sharing!! Its a shame everything they do to food it is kinda scary!! Makes me want to grow and raise my own food!!

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GOPINTOS 5/4/2012 4:12PM

    Thanks for posting!

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CRON23 5/3/2012 12:27PM

    I am donating! Thanks for bringing awareness

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JUSTBIRDY 5/3/2012 9:37AM

    I find it is easier to avoid gmo if I buy organic seeds and don't eat grains, but I am concerned about what meat animals are eating, and that probably will never be labelled.

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_LINDA 5/3/2012 2:56AM

    Thanks for drawing this to our attention. If anyone can get the ball rolling, it should be California with its boatload of celebs.

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GIANTPANDA 5/2/2012 10:41PM

    Ronnie Cummins was talking about this at the Food revolution Summit and expects othe CA GMO bill will Pass. I worry about food allergies and other issues.

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WALKINGWOMAN07 5/2/2012 9:19PM

    Thanks for this info Rejj. And if this does succeed in California, I wonder if it will have effects in Canada too? I hope so.

Irene in BC

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YIWEN39 5/2/2012 7:11PM

    I hope the campaign succeeds! This is SO vital and SO important, and absolutely outrageous that Monsanto & Co can get away with stuff like that!!!! Spread the message, spread the Spark!

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PENNYAN45 5/2/2012 4:26PM

    I just looked at this link - and found it very interesting.
I did not realize that California was also in the midst of a fight for labeling. That is good news. California is a much larger and more powerful state than Connecticut.
I hope we can all succeed -- in spite of the campaign funds offered to some state lawmakers.
Thanks for writing about this!



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NEW-CAZ 5/2/2012 3:43PM

    thank you for the link Rej, interesting !
I hope the campaign succeeds!

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Attempt at Pekin Trail

Monday, April 30, 2012

I had the day off today, so my sister and I headed back to Orford National Park. We attempted to hike a newly opened intermediate level side trail in the woods.

There's nothing I enjoy more than walking on a carpet of pine needles,


and dry leaves.


Unfortunately, as the embankment got steeper, I was afraid to slip because I wasn't wearing sturdy hiking shoes. Lesson re-learned. It's also harder to keep my balance with all this extra weight I'm carrying. I'm working to fix that!

We headed back to the easier walking trail. Can you see the chipmunk behind that fallen tree?


We stopped for a snack at this lovely viewpoint.


Pond by the trail.


We stopped to do some grocery shopping on the way home, in order to re-stock on healthy provisions. It was a delightful day, and I have a lot to be thankful for!

  
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NEW-CAZ 5/1/2012 3:16AM

   
I love the pics Rej . Sounds like you're find some great places to walk and are enjoying them emoticon

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_LINDA 5/1/2012 1:33AM

    Love the photos, what fabulous place to walk!! Good on you being safe -I sure miss wearing my hiking boots -they make such a big difference walking trails, but my toes won't tolerate them :(
Keep on walking these trails, and that extra weight will be history!
You go girl!!

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WALKINGWOMAN07 4/30/2012 10:29PM

    Rejj, I so love these photos. I think we have a similar outlook. I also love walking in the woods, and on pine needles and dry leaves.

And you are getting out for so many walks - how wonderful!

Irene in BC

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CARTOONB 4/30/2012 9:18PM

    Cute chipmunk. And good choice turning back...better safe than sorry and now you know for next time.

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YIWEN39 4/30/2012 7:18PM

    Beautiful :-)

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Third Walk on 3-Pond Trail

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Forecast for the next 6 days: rain. My sister and I wanted to take advantage of this last day of sunny weather, so after work, we headed back to 3-Pond Trail. Third time this week. The trail is so beautiful that we just fell in love with it. I feel that I'm getting fitter. On Sunday, we did the 5.5 km trail in 2.5 hrs. On Tuesday, we did it in 2 hrs. & 15 min. Today we did it in 2 hrs., with no conscious effort to increase speed.

Canada geese enjoying a peaceful swim on Lake Stukely.




Three-Pond is an easy trail, with exquisite scenery.


There's a picnic area overlooking a large pond about half way down the trail, where we like to rest and eat some fruit and nuts before continuing our trek.


This is a photo of the pond we see at the picnic area, taken from another angle.

  
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WALKINGWOMAN07 4/22/2012 2:25AM

    Wow, you should be called WalkingWoman! :-) Thanks for sharing your walks with us.

Irene in BC

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WARMSPRINGDAY 4/21/2012 12:55PM

    I love walking by water!

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APRILLSCOTT 4/21/2012 11:42AM

    OMG! Who could help but walk there. The trail is so beautiful! You are getting fitter keep it up! emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 4/20/2012 10:05AM

    Wow!! Such a beautiful place! I am so glad you are getting out and sharing your hikes with us! Way to go on increasing the times! It really does feel awesome to be moving and feeling better! I have never found their forecasting to be particularly accurate. Here is hoping they are wrong about your six days. They kept forecasting big snowfalls for us all year and we got next to nothing lol.

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NEW-CAZ 4/20/2012 3:06AM

    You are so lucky to have such beautiful places to explore Rej, enjoy emoticon

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ANDI571 4/19/2012 11:04PM

    You have the prettiest places to walk. I want to walk with you.

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The creepy old house

Thursday, April 19, 2012

My sister and I are trying to take full advantage of the gorgeous weather we’re having. When my niece called us to join her for a walk on a trail where she likes to walk her dogs, off we were for a new adventure.

It was a lovely trail in the woods.


Some areas were quite muddy.


The trail ends in a large, open field. We can see Mount Orford on the horizon.


My niece asked me if I wanted to see the creepy old house she had told me about. I wasn’t sure! But I was curious.


Last year, she was walking the dogs in the field. All of a sudden, both dogs started running back towards the woods, away from the abandoned house, instead of playing in the field like they usually do.


My niece’s Spidey senses went off. She had never before walked all the way down to the abandoned house. She saw fresh blood at the entrance, and leading out into the field. She didn’t go into the house, but she called the police as soon as she got home.


The officer who was sent out to investigate happened to be one of her friends. When he stopped by to take her full statement afterwards, he told her that whatever happened in that house had occurred within one-half hour of when she happened by.


The officer told her that there was all kinds of weird stuff in that house, and that they would have the blood analysed for DNA. The police would also be keeping an eye on the place.


The house didn’t look all that creepy in the daylight, but I wouldn’t want to be there alone!


One beautiful daffodil bloomed right in front of that ugly house, a reminder of the overcoming power of life and beauty.


My curiosity satisfied, I was glad to get back on the trail. If we walk that lovely trail again, we will not be going back to that creepy old house.

  
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SHAPNUP 4/21/2012 7:03AM

    That really was creepy. I would definitely stay away from that place! But then, it would be scary enough to make me run, and that might be a good thing. emoticon

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ANDI571 4/19/2012 11:01PM

    Sounds like a scary movie. I wonder if you will ever hear what happened. Good thing the dogs sensed something was wrong.

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PENNYAN45 4/19/2012 5:52PM

    That sounds like a close call for your niece. I agree with the others, that it was good that the dogs sensed danger and went in the opposite direction. The story gave me a creepy feeling.

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WALKINGWOMAN07 4/19/2012 5:05PM

    Dogs are really smart, aren't they? Wonder what did happen there?

And you are out for ANOTHER walk - you are doing great! When I get past this darn test, I plan to be out walking again too. I'll be keeping you company. Well, at a distance of 3,000 km. :-)

Irene in BC

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 4/19/2012 3:05PM

    omg. you brave souls. if there's a coyote in the vicinity my dog will bark and chase it away. more than one, she hides in the house and remains still and quiet. I take my cues from her.

What an adventure.

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_LINDA 4/19/2012 2:48PM

    Wow! What an adventure! So glad your niece didn't try to investigate any further. Probably a large predator got a kill of something and the dogs got a whiff of it and knew enough to scram. The house is in surprisingly good shape in spite of being derelict, no sagging roof or doors, etc. Its seems strange to have a house in the middle of nowhere..
Its a lovely trail, its so neat when moss grows on rocks and fallen trees. But walking in numbers is a good idea if the kids are using that place as a hang out with that graffiti there.
Enjoy your hikes, but do stay safe!

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LJCANNON 4/19/2012 10:52AM

    emoticonI am Thankful that your Neice AND her Dogs ran AWAY from the house instead of toward it!! I would be curious about what the DNA shows.

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IMIN2GENES 4/19/2012 9:06AM

    That's scary! I'm with you... I think I'd be staying clear of that place too. Yikes! Thanks for sharing your pics. It looks like a beautiful hike. Creepy houses aside... emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 4/19/2012 3:43AM

    I had a shiver down my back reading this Rej, I think I'd stay clear too emoticon

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