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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Northeastern Ontario Tour: Day 11

We've been basing out of Marten River Provincial Park since Friday, which has been great. This is a beautiful park for people looking for a taste of northern Ontario without having to drive too far- it's only half an hour north of North Bay. Convenient for us; we did shows at Finlayson Point, Samuel de Champlain, the Mattawa Voyageur Days, and the North Bay Public Library while leaving our wonderful tent trailer here. Our show here on Friday night exceeded even the standing room of the logging camp building, and the turnouts were very good at the other shows as well. Jenny and Christa arrived on Sunday night after a busy weekend in eastern Ontario, bringing a replacement crew of animals for our continued journey this week. Christa is coming with us now, and Dan has gone back with Jenny for some shows in the south.

Sunday, before our Finlayson Point show, we hiked a trail here that leads through a nice stand of old growth white pine trees- reminiscent of what the forest here looked like centuries ago. One of the trees has been checked and is over 300 years old- hard to imagine! We also saw a pretty garter snake while on the trail, and a few toads.

We actually had the day off yesterday, having convinced Jenny and Dan to do the North Bay show on their own on the way home, so we went canoeing, fishing, swimming, and the girls had long naps! I caught a smallmouth bass in the morning, which was a nice addition to our big brunch before Jenny and Dan left.

Today we have to say goodbye to the warm hospitality of Marten River, and we head north towards Kirkland Lake, to Esker Lakes Provincial Park. We're planning a stop in Temagami to climb a restored fire tower, which should be neat!

Posted by Jeff Hathaway at 10:18 AM | Comments (0)  

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