What a spectacular winter's day here today! It was bright sunshine most of the day & about -3C so off to the woods we went with the kids. We decided to go to Long Sault this time (it is north & east of Oshawa) and has some wonderful trails. Very popular with cross-country skiers. The woods here are really neat because they change as you progress along the trail - from pine forest to maple forsest to mixed & back to pine/mix . .. . the only thing it lacks is natural water . . . .we hardly ever go here in the summer for that reason. We had a great walk & the kids really had a good time. We are dog-sitting little Patches this weekend & he was pretty well tuckered by the end of the trek.
Miss Chicadee is very photogenic!!
It is quite difficult to get a pic of Lenny out in the woods because he is very seldom still!
I noticed this along the trail today!
When we got back to the van, we enjoyed a nice cup of hot chocolate that Cath had packed for us . . . mmmmm good! Then we headed over to Tyrone Mill for some apple donuts . . . .mmmmm good again!!
Then we decided to slip over to the dog sled races in Cannington (north & west of Oshawa). We got there just in time to catch the 8-dog teams run an 8 mile race. There were 5 teams, and as you can see, these were mostly not the husky type - apparently b/c they are sprinters, they are smaller & leaner. The second team out lost control of his sled & lost his dogs right after the first turn. Officials brought the team in after the race was over. That musher was not a happy camper. I heard him tell someone he was probably not going to go in the races tomorrow. What a disappointment! The team was fine, by the way.
Sean & Heather, these pics are for you!
These pics are from after the races. The rigging to tie the dogs up is pretty neat. This team was very well-mannered for meal time - I was quite impressed that there were no scraps between them. When most of them were done eating/drinking their meal, the musher brought out this pup . . what a cutie . . . getting him used to the team!
This woman had quite the hat - some kind of full skin that went right down her back!