Sunday, October 30, 2005

Rocks and trees and trees and rocks





Canada is a rugged country. Thing's birthplace is located somewhere on the Canadian Shield — it must be so!





This weekend, we travelled from Ottawa to Peterborough to attend my Mom's 75th birthday party. (See previous post.) The distance is 270 kms / 167 miles. The drive takes about three and a half hours, one way.

Canada is vast and sparsely populated. It takes about 45 minutes to leave Ottawa behind. After that, you pass through occasional towns; but mostly, Canada consists of thousands of square miles of uninhabited land.

The trees are colourful since we're well into autumn weather now. (In fact, many trees have lost most of their leaves.) And in this part of Ontario, the highway has been cut through tonnes of rock.


Note the parallel, vertical lines in this photo:

Years ago, when they built this highway, they wanted to make it as straight as possible. So they opted to cut through much of the rock rather than curve the highway around it. The lines resulted when they drilled long holes into the rock. They dropped dynamite into the holes and blasted the rock away. As a child, I sometimes heard the blasts in the distance. ("Mom, I just heard thunder, but it isn't raining.")

If you've never visited Canada, how shall I describe it to you? In the immortal words of the Arrogant Worms:

We've got
rocks and trees and trees and rocks
and rocks and trees and trees and rocks
and rocks and trees and trees and rocks
and rocks and trees and trees and rocks
and water.

Water? I almost forgot:


Brule Lake, Ontario
photo taken by my sister Arlene one week ago

9 Comments:

At 9:16 PM, October 30, 2005, Blogger Heather said...

I can vouch for this. I lived in Kingston and the highway from downtown to Gananoque is literally blasted through 20 ft of solid rock. Quite spectacular...but it meant we did not get a basement! Eastern Canada is equally as rocky...but in a somewhat different way

Check it out

And happy belated Birthday to your mom...she looks lovely!

 
At 9:49 PM, October 30, 2005, Blogger The Misanthrope said...

Oh how I wish I could live in Canada.

Happy birthday to your mom.

 
At 5:55 AM, October 31, 2005, Blogger Juggling Mother said...

It's WAY up near the top of my list of places to visit & has been for a long time.

of course it's a long list, and I've really not got terribly far through it, but don't go changin' too much until I've had a good look around.

 
At 8:04 AM, October 31, 2005, Blogger Aginoth said...

I love teh Arrogant Worms, a Canadian Friend of Mine who lives in the UK introduced me to them.

 
At 10:25 AM, October 31, 2005, Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...

• Heather:
I've spent a little time in Eastern Canada, and it's beautiful. Tides are one thing we don't have here!

• Misanthrope:
Liberal politics and pristine wilderness! Canada does have a lot going for it.

• Mrs. Aginoth:
Canada has been the same down through the millenia. I'm sure it won't change radically before you get a chance to visit.

• Mr. Aginoth:
I didn't expect anyone outside of Canada to know the Arrogant Worms! The teenagers at our house all love them.

• All:
You'll note that I added a photo of Brule Lake, which is about half way between Peterborough and Ottawa.
Q

 
At 11:05 AM, October 31, 2005, Blogger LoryKC said...

I've been through the Yukon Territory and British Columbia on a few occasions but one day I hope to visit your neck of the woods!

 
At 11:07 AM, October 31, 2005, Blogger LoryKC said...

P.S.--your mother looks fabulous and I'd never have guessed she was 75 OR76!

 
At 6:22 PM, October 31, 2005, Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...

• Lory:
I envy your travels in the Yukon — I would really like to visit one of the territories some time.

• all:
Thanks for the kind words about my Mom. Her health is not as robust as it appears in the photo, but she and my Dad have a good life together.
Q

 
At 4:56 PM, November 02, 2005, Blogger chosha said...

Lovely photo.

 

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