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!
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!
Dr. Mercola has written several articles about the dangers of genetically modified food. You can find them on his site.
We have a right to know what we're eating and what we're feeding our children!
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.
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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