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A Walk in the Outaouais

It was Spring Break for my boys last week.  Though hubby had lots of work, he managed to liberate himself so that we may go “Up North” to my Mother’s on Thursday. (You may recall in a past post that her house is more of a North-East direction….)

It doesn’t matter the season, it is always beautiful!  This year’s endless snow was also felt up there – more so, I should think. (Wonder how much they will get in today’s forecast?)

On Friday it was a gorgeously sunny day so Hubby and I decided to go for a morning walk with Zeke (the boys, being teenagers, were still abed by the time we left at 11:00 or so).  It’s a bummer, but in the small roads of this area, it is very dangerous.  The few cars that DO pass, do so at a reckless speed so we had to keep Zeke on leash (much to his chagrin) until we hit a more remote area.

Even so, he was, as usual, was quite patient, waiting for us…

Can we go now?

Can we go now?

I had not had occasion to use my new zoom lens (75-300mm) yet, so decided this would be an opportune moment.  You must understand, I choose ONE lens at a time before I leave on my walks as I do not want to have to carry a camera bag.  The decision must be made wisely… And boy oh boy!  Was I ever glad of my choice!

I got to see things I normally can’t, like this bird and… oh dear, what IS that?  Oh phew!  It’s just a dog and not some wild beastie which could come out and attack!

There were lovely sites along the way….

Even in their abandoned state, they had something to offer… here’s where I wish I didn’t have the zoom!  I couldn’t back up enough! (Learning experience…)



Mick and Zeke decided to follow the deer tracks, hoping to actually see some!

And we did!  NOW was I EVER happy to have my zoom lens… There ain’t no way I woulda been able to capture these with the regular lens.  No way, José!

To get as close as possible, I “crept” (can you creep in the snow?) slowly forward, up and onto a snow bank, which I promptly sunk into up to my waist!  No snow pants, of course… I couldn’t move so I stayed there and clicked away!

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We were beyond excited to see these beautiful deer, totally aware of us.  I tried to capture the whole gang (there were about a dozen) but here’s where my position and my lens did NOT come in handy!  I just couldn’t focus through the branches… sigh… To give you an inkling, I’ve included my lovely blurred image!

Joining the group

Joining the group

After so much excitement, we decided to head back.  Plus, we were getting ready for Yvon’s veggie soup!  We had been gone for a couple of hours!

On the road back, we noticed that a new Cabane à sucre (Sugar shack for you non Quebeckers!) was getting ready.  Their official opening date was the next day.  Darn!  Too bad we didn’t know about it; we would have reserved our lunch there!  Yum… we could smell the pea soup….  The owner’s son explained to me that the building used to be his car paint shop and that it had always been a dream of his father’s to open up a sugar shack so the timing was right and he packed up his stuff and they transformed the place.

Inside… plus I loved their little Bienvenue sign!

Now I’m hungry… for some baked beans, French pea soup, ham and omelette…..

12 thoughts on “A Walk in the Outaouais

  1. I love this little play-play-play of your camera outing! I’ve had many of those “oh-dear-what-is-THAT?” moments while walking Delilah, and haven’t always been pleasantly surprised (coyotes, crazed dogs on the loose, etc.!). And I LOVE the blurred picture of the deer–it’s very artful!


    • I was so afraid it was something like a small bear! LOL… oooh! thanks, I kinda liked it too… Wanna laugh? I forgot to add two pictures of Zeke… I’ll just FB them, I think!


  2. What an adventure! I love the photo of the rows of trees. The repetition creates such an interesting photo. And bravo for braving the snow for hours, I haven’t done that since childhood.


    • Ha ha! Thanks! It was so mild and beautiful, we didn’t even see the time go by.. Our stomachs told us it was time to return though!!


  3. What a wonderful walk and I love all the photos. I guess it’ll take a while for that snow to melt – that’s so funny that you sunk in up to your waist! It’s beautiful though and the perfect accompaniment to pea soup.


    • Thank you! Yeah, I’m thinking it’ll be a while… Well, it was kinda funny – especially as it was so unexpected! Zeke had just passed there and didn’t sink at all (I know I’m heavier, but still!) Fun stuff.


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