Thursday, January 23, 2014

Peninsula Lake Skiing

I've just returned from a cross-country ski expedition with friends to Peninsula Lake, near Algonquin Park a little further north in Ontario, for 3 days.  Although it was a tad chilly (!!) we had three beautiful sunny winter days, so I got lots of pictures.
We didn't get there til late on Tuesday, and there was a bit of a wind chill, so we waited til late afternoon to head out.  This is the great track-set trail on the lake, as the sun is setting.

I actually headed out back across the meadow first, to avoid the wind chill, and got some interesting pictures.  This one is just to prove I was actually there!

I came across this intriguing set of tracks, looking a little like a spaceship had landed in the snow, except for the one set of tracks leading in and out of the circle - reminded me of a tiny crop circle!

My only guess is that a squirrel left these tracks, perhaps hunting for some nuts it had buried in the fall, but now facing 18" of snow to dig through.

The sun was setting though, so I turned around and headed for the lake.  It helped that the wind died down.  I got this picture straight into the sun by hiding the sun behind the little trail maker sign.

I headed out on the lake on the beautiful trails, just track-set in fresh snow that morning and skiid a loop around the north bay of the lake.  Peninsula ('Pen') Lake is a popular cottaging lake in the summer, but at this time of year only a few diehard skiers and snowmobilers are around.

This is Cedargrove Lodge from the middle of the lake; our cabin is the 3rd roof from the left.  I actually holidayed on Pen Lake as a young child, but I'm not telling you how many decades ago that was!


This was the cabin I stayed in with my skiing buddies,   You can see the clear skies we had, so I have lots of pictures to share over the next few days.


12 comments:

  1. Gorgeous....it looks invigorating!!

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  2. True winter images. Look forward to more.

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  3. You got some great late afternoon colors of the snow. Looks like you had fun! :)

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  4. Ah---I've never skied ---but I'd love to snow-shoe and cross country ski --if I were younger!! Never have lived anywhere with much snow to do those things!!!!

    Love the sun's colors on the snow in your photos... That cabin looks AWESOME... Bet you had a wonderful time with your buddies.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  5. Oh so beautiful! Can't wait to see more.

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  6. Nifty pictures! Glad you had a good time.

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  7. Just beautiful snowy pictures and against the blue sky is just breathtaking.

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  8. An interesting post with some nice pictures! Hasn't snowed yet here in England, it's been cold enough though!

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  9. Beartiful pictures as usual. It sounds like you had very good weather for this excursion.

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  10. It looks beautiful there. And cold.

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  11. I know Peninsula Lake very well indeed. My parents lived up in that area for several years.

    Amazing shots!

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