Jack’s Walk

Chic Choc Mountains, Gaspe, ©voyager, all rights reserved

Jack and I are still on the east coast of Quebec in our little village called Perce. There are so many beautiful vistas here that it’s hard to choose, but today I’ll share the Chic Choc (pronounced Shick Shock) mountains. They’re the Canadian part of the Appalachian mountain range and are among the oldest mountains in the world. I love the soft rounded peaks that roll one into the other in a long unbroken chain. I’ll be sharing more photos of certain places in the mountains, but this is the long view to whet your appetite.

After today, Jack’s Walk will be here Monday to Friday only.

Jack’s Walk

Through the meadow, ©voyager, all rights reserved

Toward Perce Rock and Mt. Joli, ©voyager, all rights reserved

So much Blue, ©voyager, all rights reserved

The weather here is perfect today, a rare treat for the Gaspe where it is frequently cool and damp. Jack and I decided to walk the meadow path that leads to the edge of the cliff overlooking North Beach. The ocean looks so blue today and the sky so clear that we wanted to take it in from on high. You can walk even higher, all the way up to the cross which sits atop Mt. Joli, but that’s a steep climb we’ll save for another day.

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Perce Rock…going…

…and gone.

Fog is pretty common in Perce and it shows up at any darned time of the day. One minute it’s sunny and the next minute there’s a thick fog. When Jack and I set out this morning the sun was shining and the air was warm and clear, but by the time we got to the beach (a 5 minute walk) the fog was thick and there was a cool breeze. I like the film noire feeling of walking in the fog so Jack and I set out as usual down North Beach where suddenly the Perce Rock disappeared in the mist.

Tree Tuesday

Over the past few weeks Giliell has been sharing her wonderful holiday photos of Barcelona with us and as part of that series she has sent us an incredible tree to add to our collection. It’s called a Yellow Flamboyant and the name is certainly appropriate. This beautiful Spanish tree is filled with flaming color and style. Its flowers are big and bright and plentiful and Giliell’s photos show them off beautifully against a warm summer sky. The photos are all gorgeous, but I am absolutely in love with the last one, looking up through the tree. Flamboyant indeed.

Thanks Giliell.

Yellow Flamboyant tree, ©Giliell, all rights reserved

Flowers of the Yellow Flamboyant tree, ©Giliell, all rights reserved

Looking up through the Yellow Flamboyant tree, ©Giliell, all rights reserved

Jack’s Walk

North Beach, Perce, Quebec, ©voyager, all rights reserved

Jack and I took a stroll along North Beach this morning. This is one of our regular go-to places when we’re here because it’s just across the road from where we stay and it’s seldom busy. It’s also beautiful and full of fossils, sea glass, agates and pretty stones of many types.

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Perce Rock, ©voyager, all rights reserved

It’s been a long and difficult journey this year, but we’ve finally arrived. We won’t have internet access until tomorrow, but once we do I’ll share more photos and stories. For now, I’m still posting with my phone. This is the classic tourist photo of the Perce Rock, but it doesn’t really give any idea of scale. I know a better spot to take this photo, but there are so many tourists in town today that I just couldn’t get there.

Jack’s Walk

We had an uneventful and generally boring drive yesterday which is just the way we like it. This part of the trip is just about putting kilometers behind us and that we did…about 650 km so far. We’ll spend today in Pointe Claire (we’re all exhausted) then tomorrow we’ll get back in the car and head east again for the next leg of our journey which should take us as far as Rimouski, Quebec. We’ll spend the night there in a motel and the following day we’ll drive the last leg of the trip all the way to Perce. Thankfully, the scenery improves once we get past Quebec City and the last part of the trip is so pretty that you can almost forget that your ass is asleep and your legs are numb.


St. Lawrence River, ©voyager, all rights reserved

Pointe Claire Yacht Club, ©voyager, all rights reserved

Forest Path Statues – Part 2 – Owls

I can attest to an owl being a very good bird to carve out of wood – you need not remove as much material from the stock to get a good likeness and you do not need extra material for beaks and long legs and such like.

There were four statutes with owl theme along the path, and they were all cuteness distilled, especially the one with two of them cuddling atop a tower.

©Charly, all rights reserved. Click for full size.