The Call of Mother Nature.

Trip Start Jul 22, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Canada  , Quebec,
Sunday, September 13, 2009

Yesterday, the weather was awesome. I get to the campground and am quite tired but the weather forecast is for rain for today. I'll probably stay in and catch up on some blog entries and maybe visit the city museums. I decide I should at least get one photo of a lighthouse in the sunlight. The National Park Forillon is across the Gaspé Bay from where I'm camped out. I head out again.

But first, my last detour of the day. Remember, this was my day of detours. I have to head north on the highway but my GPS indicates that the nearest gas station is south, back in the city of Gaspé. The campground is at the bottom of a steep hill. As I'm climbing the hill heading south the truck hesitates and almost stalls. I find this odd as the fuel gauge says that it's just under 1/4 full and no warning signals have come on yet.

I get to the service station and the attendant starts filling the tank. According to where the gauge indicator was I figured about 100 litres to fill. I'm usually quite accurate in how much I need to fill up because most gas companies limit the pay at the pump credit card amount to $100.00. I usually fill up before the tank is lower then the amount required to fill without swiping the card a second time. The pump gets to that amount and keeps filling and doesn't stop until it's put in 127 litres. Just 3 litres from empty. The almost empty warnings should have come on twice by this point.

Lucky for me that I decided to make this detour or I would have run out of gas somewhere in the park which doesn't have any gas stations. My theory on this detour is that there was a little voice inside my head that made me make this detour even though, analytically, from past experience, I should have had enough fuel left for the drive I was planning tonight.

The problem I find is how do we know when we're suppose to listen to this voice inside our head? Maybe it's just fear, or common sense, or a past experience voice saying something that sends us off in a direction that we really don't need to be going in. How do we avoid those types of detours which are those we shouldn't be taking?

Enough philosophy.

The first stop was in the north area of the park at the Cap-des-rosiers lighthouse. I had started with there as I figured I'd have enough time to get back to the south area and hike the 4 kilometres to Cap-Gaspé lighthouse before the sun set.

I'm driving to the end of the south area road when I see a few cars stopped along the road. To the right the sun is peeking through the clouds above the Gaspé bay. It's gorgeous. I stop and take a few pictures. I drive a bit further and there's another rest area. The sun is dropping sooner then I expected. Guess I won't make it to the second lighthouse. But I did get some amazing sunset pictures.

I drive to the end of the road, to the trailhead, and come across a cemetery. The sky was perfect for a few shots of the cross. Every so often you have to get creative and try something new. I think I got some amazing shots.

This morning I met my ex's (Louise) sister, Jocelyne & husband, Christian for breakfast and then we took a drive out to their "ranch". They live in Gaspé. They've purchased a 10 acre lot with a 100 year old house and barn and have a few horses. They show me around. The lot slopes down to the river and they have an amazing view of the valley. Very peaceful getaway.

They ask me what my plans are for the day and I say I don't have any. The "must see" stop is l'île Bonaventure to see the Gannet Colony and the seals. An added bonus is that it's situated at Rocher Percé. I've seen numerous holes in rocks carved out by the ocean, but maybe you can never see too many of those. But then, maybe you can.

They can't join me as Christian has some work to finish on their home renovations and Jocelyne wants to double check some work she did last week (she's a pathologist) to ensure that she didn't miss anything. They invite me over for supper if I finish my touring by then.

Before I leave they say I have to stop and see the Indian Head. It's difficult to find the location so they make a detour (completely opposite direction from Gaspé) to show me the landmark and explain the Indian legend.

In Percé I buy a ticket to see the hole in the rock up close and for the boat ride around l'Île Bonaventure to see the seals and the gannets on the side of the cliffs and dive bombing for fish. It's quite difficult getting pictures of speeding birds when you're in a rocking boat. I took quite a few shots and have many to post on my website. There was a guy from France on the boat with me with this 500mm zoom lens on his camera. I thought he was a professional photographer, hauling a serious piece of equipment around like that. But no, he was just an amateur photographer. Unless you specialize in shooting birds or lions (or the Space shuttle launch from across the bay), I couldn't justify spending the cash on a lens like that. Plus, hauling the thing around and a tripod would take the fun out being a photographer. But it would save on the gym membership.

We get dropped off on the island and have a 45 minutes hike to the gannet colony on the opposite side of the island. It's 2 PM and the last boat leaves the island at 5 PM. Miss it and you're sleeping outdoors.

I take a lot of pictures of the birds and will have a hard time deciding on the quantity of shots that I'll post on my website. The photos are all so amazing. You get a bonus today as I also shot a video of the noisy colony.

It's just after 3 and I decide to hike the longest trail back to the docks as it passes by an old town on the island. It starts raining quite hard and so I head back the way I came.

I drive back to Gaspé and spend the evening at Jocelyne's and Christian's having an amazing supper and interesting conversation.

I took a lot of photos of Mother Nature last night and today. A LOT! It's so hard deciding what to post. Nature is so relaxing. If you can't be in it, you must bring it to you. Cover your walls with photos of nature. I know of a great place where you can get some.

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