A weekend escape to the northern Ontario woods this past weekend ... to our favourite destination ... Algonquin Park. It never disappoints.
|Gordon Lake along Booth's Rock Trail|
The weather was incredible, and we wore shorts and t-shirts all day.
|Rock Lake (I mistakenly posted earlier it was Lake of Two Rivers)|
We hiked a couple of trails on Saturday. We used to drive up to the park, hike a couple of trails, and then drive home all in the same day. But it's a very tiring day with the walking and the long drive (3 hours each way), so now we pull the trailer up and we camp for two nights to ease things up.
We're barely at the campsite for fall camping. We take a packed lunch with us on the trail ...
|Booth's Rock Trail|
... and settle into a nice spot with a view to eat it.
Can you imagine a better place for eating lunch than at the top of this cliff?
After lunching here, we clambered down the rocks on this trail, hopped over to another trail, and clambered back up another cliff.
|Two Rivers Trail|
The fall colours in the park attract a lot of visitors. There are a couple of trails that offer great views with very little hiking. We avoid those trails because that's where the tour buses stop and the trail is absolutely packed with people. There's lots of chaos along the highway that runs through the park with many people pulling their cars onto the shoulder to take pictures. Dangerous place to walk! I prefer the quiet of the woods.
|Two Rivers Trail|
The evening star display was not to be missed either. We walked down to the lake in our campground and sat looking up for a half an hour and were just blown away with the billions of stars visible on the two clear nights we stayed. There are no towns close by to impair the visibility of the stars ... pure magic!
On Sunday we headed out for our favourite trail that has the best view in the park.
You can see for miles from the top of Centennial Ridge.
|Whitefish Lake from Centennial Ridges Trail|
The best part is that the hike up to the top is fairly long and rocky, so there aren't many people at the top!
The woods fairly glowed with colour yesterday.
Eventually, it was time to head back down the road to the campsite to pack up and head for home. All too soon for our liking :(
|Road to the trail|
|the road in front of our campsite|
Thanks for stopping by