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Steve and the swimming squirrel

Algonquin Park, Canada

Today was the day of our canoeing expedition. Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, Steve, took us out on one of the lakes in Algonquin for a few hours of paddling. We ended up in a beautiful and peaceful marshy area carpeted in water lilies. On the return journey Steve got ridiculously excited at the site of a swimming squirrel, something he'd never seen before in all his time as a canoe guide.

We also dropped into the park's visitor centre, complete with stuffed bears, creepy talking mannikins and a board for reporting animal sightings - according to it, a bear had been spotted in our campsite that morning. We suspected this may not have been a serious report, though, because the same person had also reported a "mosquito...on my arm".

Some of us finished the day with a 7km trek along the trail of an old railway line, followed by a BBQ and beer.

permalink written by  lucy3119 on August 2, 2012 from Algonquin Park, Canada
from the travel blog: Canada and a little USA 2012
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