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Rideau Trail Walks 9 and 10

Because of rain, we  did not take any pictures of our our ninth Rideau Trail walk.  That is too bad, because it was probably the most scenic section of all our walks, with a little lake, iced over, and a mysterious log cabin covered with pine branches.  Hopefully we’ll go back someday with a camera.

Two days later, however, it was snowing and we ventured out again.  This beautiful barn stood quietly in the snow as we trudged by.  It’s amazing the things one can find inside the city of Ottawa.

We saw some lichens.

Sometimes the forest was dark, gloomy, and almost menacing.

Other times the trees let bright cheery light in.

Could this have been Little Red Riding Hood’s path?


And here are my favorite trees of this walk, growing together.  They are perfect for Valentine’s Day, although it is a month early.

Thanks to Mr. 15 of Teen Geek for the photos. 

Details:  Walk #9 (January 1) was from Richmond Road to Robertson Road on map #15 in the Rideau Trail Guidebook.  It was raining, and the ground was wet and icy.  We walked almost 4 km.
Walk #10 (January 3) was from Robertson Road to Corkstown Road, still on map # 15.  It was cool, with light snow, and the path was slippery.  This walk was just over 3 km, bringing our total to 41 km.


  1. Jenn4him says:

    The contrasts in gray are awesome! Tell Teen Geek excellent pictures. I just discovered that we own Rose in Bloom, the sequel to Eight Cousins. I am going to download Eight Cousins and start in earnest this afternoon. Have you read Rose in Bloom?

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Yes, we have read Rose in Bloom, too. I’m sure you’ll love Eight Cousins. It’s one of the few books that work for most ages, boys as well as girls. I’m still debating on whether or not to do Little Women with all the kids….

      Annie Kate

  2. kympossible says:

    Great pictures!! I love pictures of old barns.

  3. Jenn4him says:

    Hello again! We are really enjoying Eight Cousins, just finished 4 chapters yesterday! The only way to find out if a book will work for your whole crew is to give it a try. We are listening to Eight Cousins via Librivox.org. We listen while we work on the house. I also downloaded it to the Nook so that I can read it while the kids are at activities. Have a great rest of the week!

  4. Tina says:

    So beautiful! I love the fungus. The woods in the winter are full of stories in the making!

  5. Julie says:

    Hi Annie Kate!
    First, thanks so much for commenting at my blogger blog and for the advice.
    Yes, I’ll continue to take my li’l guy into the Women’s restroom for a little while longer :-).
    Second, love the nature walk in photos. We do that also but it’s been a bit too cold for me as I’m a weather whiner and not fond of the temps we’ve been experiencing as of late.
    Third, I scrolled on down and noticed your post on the Spelling Bee. Was it a Scripps Spelling Bee where the finalists can progress on to their regional bee? We too had a “homeschool spelling bee” but we’ve paid the entry fee to be able to progress on to the regional bee that is sponsored by Scripps through one of the major newspapers here in OK. Just curious :-)?
    Blessings to you and yours, Julie

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