“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”
I could not agree more, Nate!
This year I planned ahead for my Walktober, hosted by the lovely Robin at Breezes at Dawn. Planned so far ahead, It’s been almost three weeks since I went for my walk and I’m only sharing now? Life and all that.
For many years my sisters and our families would “go up north” to my mother’s for Thanksgiving (2nd weekend in October, in Canada). Each time, I’d think, darn… we seem to be just a week too late to see the colours at their apogee. This time, I thought, I’d not be fooled!
My cousin Sonya and I had been wanting to get together for awhile so we planned to meet at my aunt’s (formerly my grandmother’s) in Namur, in the Outaouais region of Quebec. My mother hitched a ride with me so I changed my plans only slightly in that, instead of going for my walk on Saturday, I’d go on Sunday, on my way home.
There are two ways to get to our destination, through the Laurentians (where the colours were sure to be spectacular) or through the Outaouais, which is always a tad behind. Though not the original plan, the latter is the route we ended up taking. I forewarned my mother that I might be pulling over often! This was the first stop, just before Fassett (I think!)
It wasn’t long before I pulled over again, this time in the town of Fassett. Whoa! I had to stop. The Tragically Hip is a Canadian band close to our hearts, all the more so since the front man, Gord Downie passed away from brain cancer, October 17, 2017. Someone painted this gorgeous mural on the side of their house. (Bobcageon is a town in Ontario and the title of one of their songs.)
The colours got more the closer we got to my aunt’s. From Montebello to Namur, you do not want to stop. The curves and hills make it way too dangerous so I was looking forward to the next day’s walk. But until then, there was an evening of good food, wine and lots of laughs in store.
We had a late breakfast, having gone to bed at an ungawdly hour the night before. Salutations and I was out the door by noon. This time I was taking the road towards the Laurentians, detouring wherever I got the urge. These following three are just a few of my stops.
About midway between my aunt’s and the highway there is a lovely village called St-Rémi d’Amherst. My mother lived in an apartment there after my folks split up. This permitted us to discover the water tower.
Way back (over 25 years ago) there were steps in various parts of the climb. The man who took care of them passed away and over the years they disappeared into the land. Makes it more challenging! I had joked with my sister that I had had a sort of vision of me falling down the hill and no one was there to help me… feeling I had hexed myself, I thought I should not dare! However, after stopping by the little lake in the village, I couldn’t help but drive my car past the little church towards the entrance. Seeing a bunch of cars already parked, I figured I was safe! LOL.
The walk up to the old water tower can take a good 30-45 minutes. You have to walk down a path, to some stairs and a bridge to cross a little river (creek) and then the trek begins in earnest.
The trek, even when there were stairs here and there, was and is a good one. There are moments where you really have to stop and catch your breath. I do remember once running up the whole way in 15 minutes. Yeah. Not today!
The view from the top is quite spectacular. I don’t have the crazy gene to climb the tower, though!!
The way down permitted me to notice some fungi while feeling the burn in my thighs!
So glad I decided to risk it. I continued on my way and remembered that I have promised myself over and over to stop in Brébeuf at the falls. Oh my. Such a beautiful place. And, after my whole lifetime of passing by here, I finally learned they are called the Blueberry Falls (Chutes aux bleuets).
I seem to be unable to control myself when it comes to Walktober. I tell myself I shall not bombard you with photos and, trust me, I held back! I hope you enjoyed the walk!