The sun was shining, birds were chirping, the snow was sparkling, the air was crisp and cool. It was a perfect Mary Poppins day… unless you were a Red Squirrel. In which case you were angry. Very angry.
The entire trail was a sound display of the noises that red squirrels could make, and we saw them on the trail, in the feeders, on trees, all fighting with each other or threatening walkers and skiiers. It was hilarious! So we took a couple of videos to show the birds at the feeder and the constant noise and interruptions of the squirrels.
Problem is, we have to use public internet right now and posting pictures or videos has become problematic. It took 49 minutes just to get access to this blog today for this brief update.
In addition, our schedules are not lining up well so our trail trips have become less frequent. The upside? We will plan better, farther trips outside the immediate city, so when you do get an update, it’ll be a good one. 🙂
Jack Pine trail was awesome. There were plenty of routes to choose from, and although we had to move aside several times to allow skiiers to pass, everyone was friendly. There were several bird watching spots with feeders. There was an outhouse at the parking lot as well. We had a great day out all in all and will definitely take this trip again.
Note that our Instagram and Twitter feeds are currently non-functioning (lack of internet), but we will use Facebook more often because it’s easier from Public internet access points. At least you’ll get lots of pictures!
Also,we got to read the Field and Stream “The Total Outdoorsman Skills & Tools” book (T.Edward Nickens). Here’s some of the many, many tips we picked up from the guide:
Buy some reflective cord for tent guylines.
Learn how to tie knots.
Have a few different choices of ropes, cords, knives and hatchets on hand for camping.
There is such a thing as bear spray and it apparently works well.
There are different types of fusing tape for sleeping bags, watertight bags, and tent mesh.
There is such a thing as Gear Aid zipper care.
A camp stove, dutch oven, and Sioux fire pit are good options.
Condoms can hold water in an emergency.
Canoe barrels are great camping store-alls.
Vaccuum wrapping food may prevent scent leaks.
Paperlogs can be prepared in advance for some camping trip fire starter.
Use old tires to chop wood.
We should bring a mirror and water purifier.
We intend to purchase this book.