Tuesday, October 31, 2023

A Night When Spirits Of The Underworld Walk The Earth

Happy Hallowe'en!

I start today in the Glebe, where one morning I passed by this house, with Hallowe'en decorations already out. The skeletal Cerberus appealed to me.

Another night, and a few blocks away, I was at Lansdowne Park, where one of the restaurants tends to decorate their patio area for the occasion. 

Yesterday, these were outside the same restaurant.

And a few nights ago, on my way home, I took a route I normally don't take, and my reward for it was several homes with Hallowe'en decorations.

Monday, October 30, 2023

A World Where There Are Octobers

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." ~ Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

I'm finishing up my visit to the Champlain Lookout today.

One last view. I'm interrupting this tour of the Gatineau Hills for one day, but will be back after tomorrow.

Sunday, October 29, 2023

The Hunt For Red October

More views today from the Champlain Lookout.

A series of panels here looks at the geological history of the Eardley Ecarpment and the Valley.

During the last ice age, the sheet of ice covering this area was two kilometres thick.

After the ice age ended, the valley below was ocean, until the seas drained off over time.

Today, the Ottawa Valley lies below, and the escarpment is an intricate ecosystem.

I headed down to the lower area.

There's a hiking trail that descends to the valley floor from here. My ankle would not permit it, though I've done it before.

The views are a marvel.


Saturday, October 28, 2023

The Grandest View

 The Eardley Escarpment is the great southern flank of the Gatineau Hills, high over the floor of the Ottawa Valley, and this part of the parkway includes three spots for lookouts. The last of them is the Champlain Lookout, offering magnificent views of the Valley. The land below is on either side of the Ottawa River, with Ottawa itself on the far shore- the community of Constance Bay forms the northwestern corner of the city's limits.

The heights were breathtaking in their fall colours, and dramatic in how they rise up from the floor of the Valley.

A panorama was appropriate.

More from here over the next two days.