I’m struggling a bit, at this time of year, to come up with some different locations to hike. Of course, I know many places that I can go, but can I get in? There have been huge strides in the snow melting, over the last few days, and I can’t believe so much is gone now, however not everywhere.

The snow cover in the bush melts at a much slower rate than in clear areas and, the farther north you go, the less the snow has melted. When I got up this morning, I figured that I might take a run up to Mississagi Provincial Park, to do my annual Spring hike in there, before it opens for the season.


It was a beautiful, sunny, warm day, and I have now shed most of my winter clothing, although I did, wisely, wear my winter boots today.


This is what I was met with at the gate to the park, not a deal breaker, but not as clear as I had expected.


I decided to walk in a ways, to assess the situation a bit better.


The river, coming out of Jim Christ Lake(Christman Lake) flows under the road here….


….and continues out the other side. I did notice, on the way up here, that many of the smaller ponds along the road were breaking up, and had some open water on them. On the bigger lakes, the ice cover is definitely taking a beating, and is showing signs of imminent failure, although I also saw a number of people out ice fishing on this beautiful day.


I continued my hike into Mississagi.

So, there ya have it. The hike leader has called off this particular hike for today. Not to worry though, the day will not be wasted.

I noticed that, on the way up, there was no one at the Quirke TMA, and it would be a glorious hike on this kind of sunny day, so the game was afoot.


Looking back, as I enter the Quirke TMA, you can see that there is some melting on the ponds here too.


They don’t plow all the roads in this site, and you can see here what a difference that makes, at this time of year. However, I had just been to this site not too long ago, and I didn’t want to do the same route that I did last time, so I chose to do a different route. I was aware that the route I chose to do would involve hiking in some snow, but I felt that those area would be passable, and not too long.

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So, off I went, into the beautiful, quiet sunshine.


Last time I was here, I saw Wolf, and Fox tracks in the snow, but there was no snow on these roads this time.


Even last years dead weeds seemed to enjoy the warmth of the sun, and it won’t be long until its prodigy spring from the ground to uphold the continuum.

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It was about at this point that I headed off in a different direction than I took the last time I was here.

It doesn’t matter to me how many times I come to these place, because I never get tired of them. The wilderness is so vast up here that you can always find areas that you can’t remember seeing before.

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Looking back, to make sure the sun is following me. 🙂

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I’m heading to the west side of this site now, and the roads go through more bush on that side.

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I’m taking pictures looking back here, as I go, because of the way the sun is shining.

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I’m starting to use panoramas more and more, because I feel that they better represent what I’m seeing as I hike.


Yep, I know, not a place you’d want to go swimming, but it does add to the colour of the area.

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I didn’t see another person, not even a maintenance worker on this hike today.


Now I’m going to be heading into some snow cover. These sections were relatively short, and added up to a total of less than a kilometer, but the snow did get up to knee deep in some places. It was almost certainly not as challenging as what I would have faced in Mississagi Provincial Park.


I noticed, all along the way, that the maintenance workers had done some bush cutting, probably late last fall.

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I decided to go right here, since the road to the left looked like it had more snow on it.


This little tree is probably relieved that the snow is finally melting, so that it can soak up some sunshine, and grow.


Coming out into the open again.


Last years life, this years fertilizer, a cycle we are all part of.


Looking back, to the snow and bush I just came out of.


That is Evans Lake out there. The picture is a bit dark because I was shooing right into the sun.

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I’ll be heading into a long section of snow covered bush road soon.


Here we have some interesting tracks in the snow. They belong to a pair of Sandhill Cranes, probably just hanging around, waiting for the lake ice to melt.

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Actually, Sandhill Cranes don’t ‘wait’ like we humans do, they live in the moment, aren’t thinking about the future. They just know the ice will melt, and they will be there when it does.


Here we go, through more snow.

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Looks like I have a bit of uphill ahead of me too.


This snow was almost knee deep and, being uphill too, it made for a bit of a slog, but I knew that it would clear, eventually, and then it would be solid ground for the rest of the hike.


Snowshoe Hare maybe?


Coming out of the last long section of snow, and I definitely didn’t break any speed limits through there.

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The road ahead looks clear, and dry now.


Crossing over, at the end of the Quirke TMA, for the return trip back up the other side. I won’t be posting as many pictures on this side, because I covered most of this in a recent post. Also, I’m running low on space for pictures on my blog once again, so I will have to purchase more space soon.

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Just a few shots on my return trip, back to the gate.

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Lots of melting going on here.

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The last leg, down the hill to the gate, at the end of this road, where my truck is parked. Another great hike, on another great day.


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