We Found the Snow!

20 February, 2016 7 comments Leave a comment

We have had an exceptionally mild winter in central Ontario this year, with green grass on our lawn in early February, but we managed to find great snow conditions for our annual couple's snowmobile safari.

Our route took us and our friends around the eastern end of Algonquin Park, from Barry's Bay to Pembroke to Mattawa and back. The photo above is the Petawawa River.

John and Karen Richardson near Deux Rivieres     John and Karen Richardson on a Snowmobile Safari

Here are my husband and I with our Ski-Doo. During our trip, John and I celebrated our 39th anniversary, on Valentine's Day.

We saw lots of animal tracks in the snow and I managed to photograph a few of the deer we saw.

Deer near Barry's Bay

Deer near Pembroke

We snowmobiled for four days, hauling our gear with us and staying in a different motel or lodge each night. The trails were in excellent condition, mostly smooth and not too busy.

If you have never seen the equipment that keeps snowmobile trails in good condition, here are some photos of a groomer. It's a big tractor with a plow on the front, and tows a heavy frame behind it. In the photos the frame is raised up on wheels for road transport; once on the trail the frame will be lowered to drag along the snow surface and flatten it out.

 Snowmobile trail groomer     Snowmobile trail groomer

We drove through lovely panoramic scenery, with hillsides made silver with a hoar frost.

Hoar frost in the Ottawa Valley

The fresh snow clung to tree branches to make a 'winter wonderland'.

Near the Petawawa River

When the sun shone, the shadow-play was marvelous.

Near the Petawawa River     Creek in the Ottawa Valley

Now I have lots of ideas for paintings of winter scenes!

Stay tuned for our next snowy adventure, in the wilds of Labrador.

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  1. Pat Castonguay February 28, 2016

    Wonderful scenery! What an adventure!

  2. Vikki MacPherson February 25, 2016

    Looks like you had an awesome time! The photos of the deer are fantastic!

  3. SHARYN February 24, 2016

    Beautiful fotos – can’t get those in Florida

  4. Ginger Jackson February 23, 2016

    What beautiful pics. I really love snow and I have seen very little this year. Happy Anniversary!

  5. Trudy Nisbett February 23, 2016

    Your painting is beautiful, Karen. Your adventure photos are lovely as well.

  6. Tracey February 23, 2016

    I love the idea!! I’m making a note for my husband and I to do it next year. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Dean "Duke" Cuthbert February 22, 2016

    Love the pics. Makes me makes back home so much more. Thanx Karen!