we were supposed to find moose in this lake and we arrived as the only car in the lot . . . having nobody else around meant that potential moose hadn't been scared away. <br><br><img src="http://homepage.mac.com/jayhawk/.Pictures/trappers_lake.jpg" width="497" height="750" alt="trapper trail lake" /><br><br>the park ranger told me that it should only take 15 minutes to take this trail around the lake (the photo above is not the part we hiked around -- it's a neat marsh off to the side) . . . or at least i thought that what he said. it ended up taking us hours and hours. the trail was very muddy and rugged. in fact, this was a section that took me a few hops to clear, but with a 5 and 7 year old following the trail became MUCH more difficult:<br><br><img src="http://homepage.mac.com/jayhawk/.Pictures/hiking.jpg" width="750" height="496" alt="hiking trappers" /><br><br>there were numerous spots where i had to jump 3 feet to a tree stump sticking out inches above the water. my kids had to reach to my arm and then i'd pull and swing them over to the stump with me before pushing on. this kind of stuff wore me out. <br><br>but, when we arrived at our destinations in lake superior provincial park (Ontario, Canada) the views were all worth it. here we were enjoying a 3 hour hike past a bunch of waterfalls . . . this is at the top of the smallest one:<br><br><img src="http://homepage.mac.com/jayhawk/.Pictures/canada_river_panarama.jpg" width="700" height="246" alt="waterfall" /><br><br>and just below those falls:<br><br><img src="http://homepage.mac.com/jayhawk/.Pictures/kids_waterfall.jpg" width="650" height="429" alt="kids waterfall" /><br><br>we also spent a few days on Mackinac Island. the thing about Mackinac that's pretty nifty is that no vehicles are allowed. everyone walks, uses bikes, or uses a horse drawn carriage. we rented bikes and even biked around the whole island, which is 8 miles. here's a photo from downtown from this past Tuesday afternoon:<br><br><img src="http://homepage.mac.com/jayhawk/.Pictures/mackinac.jpg" width="750" height="496" alt="Mackinac" /><br><br>
getting into Canada took 45 seconds and there was no line. getting back into the USA only took about 45 seconds as well . . . except for the hour wait in line. a bunch of vehicles were searched ahead of us, but we sailed through without a problem. the driver's license was all that was needed.<br><br>
In the good old days before 9-11, the easiest way to ensure that you wouldn't be stopped and searched at the border was to travel with kids. I guess that's still the case. Someone should warn the powers that be about that.<br><br>     
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WoW! I'm not really a hiker but for that kind of scenery? Yep, I'd slog around for hours. I am kinda disappointed not to see the moose in the lake, maybe they were just sunbathing on the banks?<br><br>Really beautiful pics, the kids just make it better.<br><br><br><br><br><br>[color:blue]I always deserve it.</font color=blue><br><br>
_________________________ I always deserve it. Really.
that's funny . . . we really did see a mouse on one of the trails. it ran across our path and stopped and looked at us before continuing on. it was some sort of field mouse who was obviously used to people. <br><br>but we did see a deer . . . my son spotted him and i pulled out the VR zoom lens:<br><br><img src="http://homepage.mac.com/jayhawk/.Pictures/deer.jpg" width="650" height="429" alt="deer"/><br><br>
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