Friday, June 18, 2010
We headed for Three-Lake Mount this afternoon. It has 4 or 5 beautiful viewpoints. We were very much hoping to get to the first viewpoint, but I'm just not fit enough to climb the very steep rock incline. I'm carrying too much excess weight. What frustrates me so much is that I was able to hike that small mountain and visit all the viewpoints 2 or 3 years ago. I'm so frustrated at myself for having neglected my health the way I did! Today was a difficult hike because it was too warm and muggy and the mosquitoes and deerfly were having us for lunch in spite of the insect repellent. We'll probably do something easier tomorrow, like "civilized" trails.
It's a good thing that the trail is well marked because you could easily get lost in these woods.
We share the trail with Canadian wildlife: fox, deer, moose, bear, etc.
In spite of (or because of) the challenges, we both love hiking!
One reason this trail has so many bugs is because it crosses some bogs.
Bogs are beautiful in their own way, but I think it's where mosquitoes are manufactured.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
After a rather demanding morning at work, I didn't really feel like going for a walk. But I didn't want to disappoint my walking buddy and knew that once I got out there, I would not regret my choice. We were limited in where we could walk, because it rained both last night and this morning. This is one time we did want to stay on the beaten path, otherwise we'd be up to our ankles in mud. So we headed back to the André Nadeau Recreation Centre, where the main trail crosses a brook with charming little bridges. I thought of you, Mary. It was a lovely walk. After supper, I went to spend a quiet evening with my parents, who are both in their mid-eighties. It was a very fulfilling day.
Good news from the doctor: she reduced my blood pressure medication by 1/2 and my blood sugar (diabetes) medication by 1/3.
We pretty much stayed on the beaten path today.
One of the quaint little bridges that's so much fun to cross.
The brook was a bit more swollen because of the recent rain.
Another picturesque little bridge.
The brook runs parallel to most of the main trail.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
We had planned to hike up to the first viewpoint on Mount Chauve this afternoon. The weather was just perfect, and it was the first time this year we were attempting this type of climb. But it wasn't to be. We had only hiked up a short distance when I started feeling extremely weak and dizzy. I came close to passing out. I think my blood pressure crashed. I was so disappointed, but we had to turn back. I will be contacting my doctor because I think that the medication that I'm taking for my blood pressure and diabetes has to be reduced now that I've lost 28 lbs. and am very active.
When we got back down Chauve, my sister remembered another trail, very close by, that didn't require the same kind of climbing. So, after having been confronted with a good dose of reality, we headed for the beautiful, but much easier trail. It turned out to be a wonderful hike!
Taking a much easier trail
The world's best hiking buddy!
Bog by the side of the trail
Nature is so beautiful!
The trails are very well marked.
We belong to a hiker's club that negotiates passages rights on private land.
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