Now that I live just over an hour from the west gate of Algonquin Provincial Park, it was only a matter of time until my first visit. My husband, Banjo and I got up really early on Easter Sunday and were on the road before 6AM.
Just on the east side of Huntsville, 3 deer ran out in front of us.
I was on the lookout for moose, but we didn’t see any. Instead we were given a beautiful sunrise.
We had pulled over just after the bend in the road with the first sight of Smoke Lake. I got out to take a photograph and the first thing I noticed was the air. It was so pure and fresh. I inhaled a few large breaths of Algonquin air and a feeling of happiness came over me.
Since we were in the park, we decided to take a little hike. We went back onto the Big Pines Trail. It had been 6 years since I had hiked there. The last time was when my husband proposed to me on December 27, 2010.
There is still a lot of snow on the ground. When we’d hike over a little bridge passing a creek, the packed snow was still over a foot and a half deep! It was a beauty day and the chickadees followed us through the forest.
I needed this. It was an opportunity to rid my body of the polluted air west of Toronto I had been breathing for 2.5 years and replace it was the most purest of air found in Algonquin on a crisp spring day. There were no clouds in the sky and the sun was shining bright.
The day reminded me of being on the farm collecting sap. In the forest you can feel the coolness of the snow, but out in the open the sun feels so strong and warm.
After our hike, we stopped in at Canoe Lake. There is still a lot of snow and ice on the lake. But hopefully in a month’s time people will be setting out in their canoe heading for the trout lakes.
I am so thankful to be living so close to Algonquin Park. It truly is a dream come true.