Friday, March 31, 2006

Spring Peepers, red trilliums and First paddle - May weekends at the Algonquin Log Cabin

May is truly a wonderful month to be up at the Log Cabin. There are typically 3 - 4 weeks of beautiful weather when the ice goes out in late April. It is fantastic to be out on the clear blue water enjoying the first paddle of the season. Days are typically pleasant (temperatures in mid teens) and ideal for walking, hiking, biking or paddling.

I look forward to being at the Algonquin Log Cabin for our upcoming annual spring training for the Log Cabin Naturalists, guides and staff. I love the evenings, sitting on the back porch, listening to the spring peepers. It is amazing how loud this little frog’s mating calls can be. It has been said that one spring peeper call has the same decibel rating of an airport runway. While these frogs are loud, they are rarely seen. Have a look! The "X" on their back are tell tale signs of the spring peeper.

My favourite spring hike is to walk to the top of the Ridge Trail through mixed maple forest and discover patches of red trilliums poking through the snow. These red flowers are the cousin of Ontario’s representative flower. The trilliums have a very short season as does the trout lilly – a delicious treat -to throw into your salad. With out the leaves on the trees, the Ridge trail offers up spectacular views of the islands down in the western bay of Surprise Lake.