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Monday, July 30, 2007

Gatineau Park

El parque gatineau esta en la provincia de quebec, y ocupa 361 kilometros cuadrados, mayormente ocupado por pinos y agua de lago. Este fin de semana tuvimos el chance de ir a visitarlo con un grupo de gente del grupo de la sgi.

Luego de estacionar, bajamos dos canoas del techo del carrito de Sue y las cargamos con el equipaje que llevariamos para dos noches de campamento. Cuatro personas en dos canoas, una de ellas bien experimentada, otra con algo de practica, y dos nuevitos (dani y yo). El viaje de ida lo hicimos dani y yo separados, por aquello de que hacer canoa es bien dificil y puede poner mucha presion en la relacion de dos personas que quieren disfrutar de un fin de semana relajado :)

El campamento estuvo excelente, recorde tantas cosas de mis tiempos de guia... mucho mas relajado esta vez, claro, nada de hiking ni de muchachitos que cuidar. Pero igual recorde muchas vainas que vivi en el avila. Las comidas estuvieron de lujo, el lugar demasiado relajado, el lago excelente para baniarse.

Tuvimos un encuentro demasiado impresionante con una tortuga que parecia de lo mas prehistorica. Estaba llena de algas por todos lados, la cola era larga y tenia unas pezunias un tanto amenazantes. Se acerco tanto a la orilla (veran en las fotos) que saco la cabeza apenas suficiente para respirar. Habia tanto silencio en el lugar que escuchamos su respiracion, sonaba como un silbido apagado. Fue realmente impresionante. Trate de tocarla pero se fue antes de que la alcanzara. Me quede un largo rato esperando a ver si volvia, pero obviamente estaba ocupada en mejores cosas que un par de turistas fotografos.

En la vuelta dani y yo remamos juntos, parandonos con el grupo en un lugar divino para baniarse, con unas rocas perfectas para saltar. Este matrimonio paso la prueba, pues ni una hora de canoa con viento en contra logro hacernos perder la paciencia :)

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Gatineau park is a natural reserve on the quebec province, occupying 361 square kilometres, mostly occupied by pine trees and water. This weekend we had the chance to go camping with a group of sgi people.

After parking, we unloaded our two canoes from Sue’s little car and tossed our gear in them, enough for two nights camping. Four people in two canoes, only one of them with a lot of experience, one with some practice and two new paddlers (dani and I). We decided to paddle to the camping site separately (dani in one canoe and me in the other one) to avoid the pressure and stress that might come from a potentially frustrating experience. We wanted to enjoy the weekend, so we followed Sue’s advice to try separately first.

The camping was excellent, I remembered many things from my days as a Claret Camping Guide. This was a much more relaxed experience, though, no hiking nor kids to take care of, but I did re-live many things from my hiking trips. Meals were awesome, and the place was incredible. The lake was particularly enjoyable.

We had the most amazing encounter while relaxing on the rocks by the lake. This prehistoric looking turtle came to us, full with algae and mould, with claws that looked mildly menacing. She came so close to the rocks that she came out for air just centimetres from dani’s feet. There was such a silence that we could hear the air coming in and out of her nostrils, like a muted whistle. It was impressive. I tried touching her but she swam away before I reached. I waited a long time to see if she would be back, but she was obviously occupied in more important things : )

On our way back, we stopped on another beautiful site, perfect for a swim. A cool rock perfect for diving. Dani and I finally passed the test: an hour paddling with the wind against us, and we didn’t loose our patience!


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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

guaaaooo me encanto ese lugar, esta hermoso demasiado tranquilo para mi pero se ve espectacular. Espero q si hayan logrado relajarse. besos y los quiero
Roxy

Thursday, August 02, 2007

 
Anonymous michelle reis-amores said...

hey ... i enjoyed the week-end quite abit, but who said that we weren't experienced paddlers????? we may not have been in your car, but we can paddle! hehehehe

michelle

Monday, December 10, 2007

 

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