Tuesday, Sept 23, Mont-Tremblant,QC
That darn American work ethic. Even though we jokingly say our current jobs are as travelers and we do this 7 days a week for 4-7 weeks at a time; I have to remind myself periodically that it is okay to not be doing activities from morning until night. Of course, Chris helps to remind me.
Today, for instance, the top of the mountain was socked in by low clouds and instead of the planned afternoon hike, we took a nap and watched the clouds go by and the leaf colors on the mountain opposite our time share while snacking on popcorn. It was relaxing and enjoyable too.
The day began at the resort center (cutesy village) which has a small gondola that transports people from the lower village by the parking area to the top of the village by the big gondola that goes to the summit of the mountain. This small gondola is free and a nice diversion which provides an elevated view of the mountains, shops and lodging.
Our morning hike took two hours. The Ruisseaux trail is also known as the muddy trail. They could add stone, tree root, and muddy trail. The trail takes you along a stream, up the mountain for a ways through the forest and back down by a water fall. You pass across and under the path for one of the chair lifts for skiers in winter. Several deer were on that path. We have skipped most of the photo opportunities for deer. Between Crosby Farm Park at home and our travels, deer are almost like big squirrels now.
There was a side trail from the Ruisseaux trail that offered another waterfall viewing opportunity so we added it. Along the path, we met a very nice couple from Ottawa who have been married for 55 years. They are both originally from Germany and still retain a German accent.
The waterfall was pleasant but less dramatic than the one at the end of the Ruisseaux trail. Still between the extra exercise, the Ottawa couple and the waterfall, we were glad we took the side trail.
“Lunch” was back at the crepe restaurant for dessert/fruit crepes. One each was necessary to regain our strength.
Ed and Chris 9/23 8:45 pm