The Woods

the forest of northern New Brunswick Canada

the forest of northern New Brunswick Canada

First off, let me say this, I LOVE the forest. I also LOVE the ocean or any body of water. This great place I call home has both – in abundance! The forests of New Brunswick cover between 80 to 85% of the total landmass. That’s significant in my books. So, spending a weekend surrounded by trees, and rivers and the occasional gem of a lake was certainly no hardship.
Our hosts for the weekend, Ron and Carole, have been camping for many years. They have the greatest cabin! The view was beautiful. It was warm Heated with a big old wood stove and they even have an oil furnace back up. There’s a kitchen, two bedrooms and indoor facilities… hey you don’t think about it but when you really need to get up in the middle of the night to go to the washroom, it’s nice not to have to get completely bundled up, throw on boots and trundle out to the outhouse. Believe it or not, I didn’t even think to take a picture of the great cabin. I guess I’ll have to go back 🙂

I wish I had the words to do this weekend justice. We arrived and immediately set up the food, heat and kitchen. Within an hour, we were done with the chores and had the rest of the day to relax and enjoy. Since the weather has been extraordinarily mild here, there was very little snow. We entertained ourselves with the Grey Jays – also known as Moosebirds: He wasn’t sure if we were friend or foe at the start, but soon decided that food was a great gesture of friendship.

We decided to head over to Island Lake but had to stop and help a couple who had been stranded on the roads over night – they were fortunate that they were well prepared for an emergency:
After helping them, which required us to travel over frozen mud rutted logging trails for 24 kms, we were finally on our way to Island Lake. A beautiful spot: This shot was late in the afternoon and the long shadows from the setting sun looked beautiful over the frozen water. The ice thickness still isn’t safe. Global warming.

It was a wonderful trip and one we would love to make again soon. Thank you, Ron and Carole, for your generosity and hospitality.


About Positive Polly

I am a retired Avionics Technician, wife, mother, sister, daughter, and dog owner. I enjoy knitting, baking, photography and photo editing.
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6 Responses to The Woods

  1. You had a wonderful time. That is just what I need and going to work towards it.
    Loved your photos.
    Its very very cold here and the ice is more than safe . I hope it warms a bit by Christmas.
    Merry Christmas.
    Lisa xo

  2. found your blog on flickr! I spent a summer in New Brunswick two years ago gorgeous shots!

  3. eyegillian says:

    It sounds like you have a memorable weekend. What a beautiful location, but I’m glad you didn’t get stuck in the woods! The truck looks like it lost the back wheel on a tree… that would be scary!

    And I love your photos of the gray jay — we’ve seen a few around my aunt’s house in the country (she calls them moose birds, too) but I haven’t had a chance to snap a photo. They have a reputation for stealing food, so you found a way to make friends pretty quickly!

    • That truck lost BOTH back tires and collided with several other trees before it finally came to rest where we found it.

      Thanks for the lovely comment on the Grey Jay. They make the most interesting song too – completely unlike the Blue Jay.

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