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A special weekend

The last weekend was all about nature. We escaped in deep forests, just 1 hour’s drive from our house, to spend two days snowshoeing and enjoying time in the chalet. This might seem a bit clichéd, but it’s a trip that I wanted to do for long.

fallen trees

Trees are crashing on our way, when we took that photo.

After arriving at the national park “Parc National d’Aiguebelle” we immediately followed the 6 km path to the chalet. We have came just 200 m, as in the middle of the path, fallen trees blocked our way. Those trees couldn’t resist the heavy weight of the wet snow and ice. We didn’t have any other choice, to either crawl over or under several tree trunks, hoping that these annonying complications could soon be over.
Far from it! It continued that way and took all our breath and energy.  Not forget to mention, that we both had to carry big backpacks.

Another tree to conquer.

Another tree to conquer.

Walking through deep snow has not made the situation any easier. Anyway, we knew it would be worth it and we recognized it all the time:

We strived through breathtaking landscapes, observed local plants and trees and studied some birds, called “Spruce Grouse” (Tannenhuhn). We could closely observe the Spruce Grouse for a while.

The Spruce Gouse is not really dangerous :)

The Spruce Gouse is not really dangerous 🙂

In this forest also lives mooses, black bears, grey wolfs and other animals. Sadly (or maybe luckily) we haven’t met any other inhabitants than the lovely Spruce Grouse ;-).
The national park is located in the Boreal forest of Canada which is also known as taiga*.
I enjoyed being in the middle of nowhere, in this widespread forest landscape.

Cold night and a warm fire
getting warm

Let’s get warm in here.

After 3 h we arrived at the chalet. It is beautifully located among pine trees and we had a magnificent view across the frozen lake. It’s a simple hut, allowing to make fire, to cook warm dinner and sleep in a provisional bed. All we needed and nothing more, especially the wine that we sipped until the last drop.

In the morning we looked outside the window and a beautiful, sunny day at -25 degree awaited us. After that exhausting hike yesterday, we decided to walk back over 3km frozen lake.

On the way back over a frozen lake.

On the way back over a frozen lake.

We knew with the wind chill on our faces, the walking over the lake might be physically easier but far colder. Wrapped up with our warmest clothes, scarves and gloves, we made our way over the lake. Luckily the wind was in our back, pushing us forward. It was a superb feeling, being alone on a huge lake, everything calm and tranquil.

After quite a while, we arrived back at the entrance of the national park. One of the highlights was definitely the  15 m high icefall, a frozen waterfall with 4m long icicles. I imagined how powerful this waterfall normally is. But it captured powers lied frozen for a moment in time…

More photos of our weekend in the woods: Check out the ->photo album

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Annotation:

*Other countries with boreal forest, also called Taiga include Russia, which contains the majority, and the Scandinavian and Nordic countries (e.g. Sweden, Finland, and Norway).

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