Sunday, August 20, 2017

Rock Lake, Algonquin Park

I know I've been adding posts quite rapidly here this week ... I'm still on vacation ;)  Most likely I won't get a chance to visit the computer much again for the rest of the summer as all my daycare charges return tomorrow. These past two weeks have absolutely flown by, as good holidays always do. We returned home from camping on Tuesday and have spent this week really just chillaxing around the house. We are always so busy in the park, that coming home is quite a let down for me.

Anyway ... thank you all for your kind comments on my dad's birthday yesterday. I was surprised at how sad I was all day all over again, but grief is a process as I've learned already when my mom died years ago.

Today's post is to show you a very pretty rapids we found this summer. Rock Lake is a beautiful lake within Algonquin Park. There is a crowded and not-so-nice campground along it's shores, but the lake itself is very impressive. There are very high cliffs in a couple of spots around the lake. One has a hiking trail across the top with great views overlooking the lake. The other cliff boasts some ancient pictographs painted by aboriginal people. You can only view the pictographs by boat.

We took our canoe out on Rock Lake one morning and paddled around it for about five hours. We visited the east side of the lake which has the pictographs and my husband took a few shots there. I have to say that we purchased a new camera (at long last!) just before we went camping. My husband likes to work through the manual and figure out all the settings. (I just like to take photos.) Needless to say, I was not given much opportunity to use the camera unless we were back in our campsite. I kept my comments to myself, and just admitted that this summer I would not be taking many photos. The following photos were all taken by my husband. When we paddle in the canoe we cannot easily pass things between us (unless we can toss it ... can't safely toss a camera), so once my husband had the camera in his hot little hands he kept it for the entire journey :(

The pictographs are wearing away, and some of the rock face has fallen away and taken some paintings with it. Below is the shot of a figure of a man with rabbit ears (centre) and some red slashes. Difficult to see, right? 

I've highlighted it in an older photo below.

It's a shame there's no feasible way to protect these fading images, so we like to have a look at them whenever we're on this lake. We then paddled down a long arm of the lake where it ends at a portage. What a busy portage!! There were many canoes and lots of folks getting in and out of their canoes. We decided to paddle past the portage and pulled up in a quiet spot on our own to wait for some of the crowd to thin out over at the portage. Where we stopped we could see the pretty rapids tumbling at the end of its run. Eventually enough people left the portage spot so that we had room to pull our canoe up. The portage leads you to a smaller lake, Penn Lake, and there are quite a few back country campsites there. We often just hike along a portage trail to the next lake before we decide whether or not we want to paddle on it. This trail had a detour to see the rapids, so we took the detour.

The bottom of the rapids were we first stopped.

The following photos are the rapids further up the river. The roar from these rapids was enough to drown out our voices when we stood right beside them.

Here's where I got the camera ... I told my husband he had just walked through poison ivy and should probably wash off his leg. If you wash the oils from the plant from your skin immediately, it won't turn into a rash. He asked me to hold the camera while he daintily stuck his leg into the frothy waters ;)

This is at the very top of the rapids where there was a nice log jam. Beyond that is Penn Lake.

When we got back to the portage, there were still more people pulling up to make the trip through to Penn Lake. We were both surprised at the number of canoeists there, especially for middle of the week. It's funny seeing what people bring through the woods. One lady with a group of older women was pulling along her suitcase with a long handle and wheels! Bumpity bump! along the rocky, muddy trail.

the start of the portage
 That was it for us. We paddled our way back to the truck and my husband took some photos along the way. The worst part of him having the camera was when I would see "a shot" and had to ask him to please take a photo ... sheesh!

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. And that's why my husband and I each have a camera. Though you must admit he took some good shots.
    If I used an oar for 5 hours my knuckles would be dragging on the ground.

  2. Our best family canoe trip in Algonquin was to Rock Lake. The kids must have all been under ten. And on a later trip we did portage up to Pen Lake. Yes, you need your own camera.

  3. Still lovely photos though Wendy. Every year I think what a wonderful place to take a holiday. We haven't managed a break this year and probably won't so I am enjoying everyone else's vacations!

  4. It is interesting to see how someone else photographs the same view isn't it! They often take photos that are nothing like the ones that we would take ourselves. However, your husband kept us entertained with his photos through this post and that is good isn't it! Glad you have enjoyed your holiday and the time off, hope that the return to work goes well!!

  5. Hello, this park is just beautiful. The rapids look awesome, my hubby would love it there. Great photos from your trip! Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the week ahead.

  6. Guess you need to get your own camera. The pictures you shared are lovely and that place looks wonderful.

  7. Rock Lake is a pleasure. I've been there a number of times, but for hiking in the area. Beautiful shots!

  8. Gorgeous scenery, whoever took the shots! I'd say it's time for two cameras. I laughed at your older ladies (60 or older) - I'm 60 and I'm having a hard time thinking of myself as older.
    I'm catching up on posts and see that there are more of yours in my feed. I look forward to reading them.

  9. Thanks for sharing these neat images. They made me feel like I was on the "River Wild" (except less dangerous)!

    Your birthday's coming up...a camera would make a great gift. Hee!

  10. What a wonderful time you had. So lovely to be outdoors and enjoy all this beauty! I always feel a little let down, too, when I return home from such a nice holiday. Blessings to you as you remember your dear father, too. xo Deborah

  11. Wendy, the pictures are very nice. Yep, you might best get your own camera. LOL! Hugs and blessings, cindy


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