Wally and Molly

Me, my brother, and his dog did some extensive hiking into a couple of the mine sites and also up to a high cliff known as Stone Ridge.  The weather was perfect and we took full advantage of it.  Here are some shots I took along the way;

This picture was taken on top of Stone Ridge, a very high, rocky cliff along Nordic Mine road.

Man and his dog checking out the magnificent view.

We walked deep into the Lacnor mine site and we were trying to figure out exactly where the mine was, but this site has been closed for a long time and it was hard to tell.  This picture was taken from a high berm of broken rocks that had been created by the mine workers as a road across a valley.  We could see where rock had been blasted out, possibly to use for these high berms we were standing on.

Another shot from that same spot.

Here’s a side view of one of the berms, which could have also been used as containment walls for water, or some other contamination control purposes.

Here’s another rocky berm.

Walking along Lacnor Mine road.

The fall colours have now passed their peak, but it’s still a spectacular view, especially in places like this along Lacnor Mine road.

We came across a few remote lakes in our travels.  These shots were taken at a lake known as Dumbell Lake.

It was really quiet in there, and we sat by this lake for a while to rest and to give the dog a chance to swim.

Along the shoreline of Dumbell Lake.

As we got up to walk away from Dumbell Lake I spotted this little water snake right at the shoreline.  I don’t exactly know what kind of snake it is, but it was interesting to see something other than a garter snake.

We also did an extensive walk into the Stanleigh mine site, but I wasn’t taking many pictures that day due to the fact that the air was very hazy and not very good for photography.  However, we never actually reached the mine itself.  I checked the maps today and saw that it wasn’t all the much further than we went but these mine roads can go for miles and miles into the bush, so you have to decide to turn back at some point.

It was nice to have a couple of hiking partners for the weekend though.  I’ll be back to solo walks again from now on, so it will be me against the bears all alone.  It’s nice to have a hiking partner with you because there’s always a chance that you can outrun your partner in case of bear attack because you won’t outrun the bear.  Anyone else want to join me on a hike?  I’d prefer someone who can’t run all that fast.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Pauleboy on October 11, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Hey bro,
    Identified that snake as a Northern Water Snake, go figure, not venomous but an aggressive biter if provoked.

    As far as your bear attack defense, I had one too: trip you and run!! Besides, wild predators tend to attack the very young, or the old and frail…….I felt safe!

    Thanks again for the tour,
    Pauleboy

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  2. Ahhh yes, you must be referring to Molly getting a bit long in the tooth, but I was thinking that you would probably hurl yourself in between her and the attacking bear, giving me time to make good my escape and tell the heroic story of how I tried to save you and the dog to no avail.

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  3. Posted by Avril on October 11, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Looks like you guys had a great Thanksgiving weekend. It looks beautiful there. Glad to see you had a buddy with you .

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