3500 Travels

Forests

You probably know that Canada is a metric country. Which are not? Oh yeah, the United States is one and I think there are a couple of others. However, I feel the mile is better than the kilometer for Canada. I’d argue that it is more than familiarity with one arbitrary length unit over another, easy conversions notwithstanding. The size and the scale of Canada need something substantial to measure it, and the kilometer lacks the required gravitas.

With the exception of Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, and a couple of other towns, we have been traveling through forest for hundreds of miles. The forests are practicably impenetrable. Perhaps it was not so 300 or 400 years ago, but now you might need to be on your hands and knees to get through it. I commented to Cathie that I could see how early explorers confused the incredibly large with the infinite, and concluded that it could never run out. To some extent they were right if one focuses on Canada. There is so much here that can absorb the word vast.

So we drove and drove through this forest. Outposts big and small are all along the way. After all, it is 2015, not 1815. Still the scale is new to me.

Typical highway view

Typical highway view

The colors were pretty impressive. Some areas better than others, but if you like trees you’d like where we’ve been today.

Late in the day for us (4:30pm), we stopped in Pembroke, next to the huge Ottawa River, for food and beverage supplies. We then traveled a short distance to the Renfrew KOA. It is off the highway at least a half mile and beautiful; and the wi-fi is good enough to upload this post.

Campsite

Campsite


Our personal lake

Our personal lake


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