"It's almost like there are only 200 people in the world and the rest are just not real people."
And I had to agree with Mike. Sometimes it seems we always know of another person through other people, and that the rest of the people we see in passing could almost be perceived as holograms in the Matrix (enter "dude there is no spoon comment!). We had launched from the Quebec city of Hull which twins our nations capital. Normally I'm a solo paddler however there have been a few guys with the club who share the same passion as myself towards outdoor travel who I get the honour of paddling with from time to time.
I had never paddled on this portion of the river and was quite amazed with it's beauty. not what I was expecting for a Urban paddle. The city skyline actually looked appealing as a backdrop to towering cliffs.
Having Mike along was great for pointing out things like the PM's house. One of the many "modest" government homes along the river which developed this great country.
Rideau falls thundered into the Ottawa. The cool mist on the face was refreshing in the hot spring day. The amount of water coming down persuaded me from going in under the falls. I was certain it would crack my yak in half. Then I would have the pleasure of 100 photo snapping tourist watching me in an embarrassing moment.
Mike checking out the falls.
Mike also pointed out Champlain's statue adorning the cliffs. A true hero of mine regardless of British vs French colonial B/S. A great explorer and founder of our country. Posed with his astrolabe taking his Latitude; I couldn't help putting my own twist on this history in my mind. The history never spoken of..but knowing human nature...I usually put my own spin on things. A enraged french explorer trowing sticks and kicking rocks while looking for his lost astrolabe around what is now Cobden Ontario. Yelling "Tabernack!!" through the quiet forest. I guess this current statue reflects him better I guess.
Alexandria bridge spanning the width of the Ottawa joining Quebec and Ontario for over 110 years.
View of "The Hill" from the museum of civilisation.
One of my good friends works here at the museum of civilisation which has a awesome northern display. Due to its cool architecture I'm certain it will also be used as "Star fleet academy" sometime in the future!
The current pretty strong me and Mike drifted back to the launch. Catching up on things and enjoying the awesome day. We threw around idea's for paddles we wanted to do this year and our shared love for Georgian bay. We discussed a possible camping trip soon as well; which will be great to get away for a few days. I will be home in Newfoundland in 6 days to find a house to buy so life is kinda hectic at the moment. It was great to get a respite along the Ottawa. Thanks for the company Mike!