Thursday, June 27, 2013

Canada Trip 2013 - Blog #2

My blog is primarily a fishing blog.  But there is so much more to our Canada trips than just the fishing.  Enough to warrant a 2nd blog entry, methinks!

Every year on our way to Red Lake, Ontario (final destination: Nungesser Lake), we "oooh" and "ahhhh" when we drive by Waubigoon Falls.  This year we finally stopped and captured some pictures.

Here's a picture of the fellas in front of the Falls (from l-r:  Chris, Jeff, Jay)  At 6'2", I'm the SHORTEST guy on the trip:

The wildlife was fantastic on this trip!  Our group saw 6 Moose, 4-5 Black Bears, 1 Woodland Caribou, Loons, Mergansers, Osprey, Beaver, Fox, Seagulls, what seemed like HUNDREDS of Canadian Tiger Swallowtail butterflies, a Luna Moth, and countless Bald Eagles.  We even got to watch one pair of Eagles lock talons and perform a mid-air courtship spiral.  THAT was cool!

Here's a sign you just never see in Iowa:

An then not 5 minutes later, we saw our first Moose of the trip, which looked to be a yearling?
We also saw a solitary adult Moose at the lake, and also a mother Moose with at calf.  On our way home, we saw THIS mother and calf:

We saw a mother Black Bear and a couple of cubs run across the road in front of us.  That would have been a great picture, but it happened so fast we weren't prepared for it.
But here's a bear that came out of the woods while the guys were fishing from a boat (photo taken by Jay Ohm):

This Loon swam underwater next to the boat, popped up, and didn't seem the slightest worried that we were  right next to him!

I saw this Luna Moth on the ramp to the Lodge one morning.  Oddly enough it (or another one) was back near the same spot the following morning!

We saw a LOT of these Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies on this trip.  They would find us even way out in the middle of the lake!

Here's a photo (courtesy of Jay Ohm) taken on the deck in front of our cabin.  That's me in the background stringing up my spinning rod and fly rod.

This looks like I'm really frying up some dinner!  Its not true...Chris handled all the frying quite expertly!

Here's a view from our deck:

This is a sunrise shot of the boat docks (photo by Jay Ohm).  There was  a low-lying fog that morning, which totally obscured the islands which aren't too far away.

The weather was pretty nice.  We had about 1.5 days of some intermittent rain.  We had some beautiful rainbows in front of us for about 3 hours solid one afternoon!

We even managed to relax while tossing some horseshoes in camp one evening.

A HUGE thanks to Jay for organizing the trip once again!

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful stuff! That area has some very interesting Northern history as well. I could just imagine Kelso or McKenzie eyeing those rapids.