Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

This week, share a photo that says “adventure.” It could be an image of someone setting off on an epic journey, a photo you took on an adventure of your own, or something more metaphoric that represents a personal or psychological adventure. – The Daily Post

On my weekend getaway with my boyfriend last month, our first stop was a location called Caverne Trou de la Fee where other than exploring cave and trekking on hiking trails, the other activity people could go experience was ziplining over the water area.  The zip line 350 metres long and 50 metres high.  As much as I’m a newbie in this whole zip lining business and I truly love the adrenaline rush, my fear of heights would never allow me to do these adventurous acts.  However, we walked past people that did do it and here’s a few shots of them 🙂

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Preparing for ziplining

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In the middle of the zipline

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In the middle over the water – zoomed in

Adventures are fantastic.  It can just be defying what we love or exploring something new. Everyday can be an adventure, of course, some are more extreme than others, just like this extremely high zip line adventure for their participants 🙂

What do you think of when you think of adventure? 

Saguenay, QC: Parc de la Caverne Trou de la Fée

This year, my boyfriend and I had a big purchase: our house.  With a few other events budgeted in, we had to make cuts.  That went to cutting down on the vacation we had together in the end.  However, we did decide to take a trip since it was nice to take a breather, relax and just be together away from everything.  Thats what weekend getaways are fantastic for.

Our choice was Niagara Falls and Saguenay.  Seeing as we’ve already been to Niagara Falls two times in the last 6+ years, we decided to go back to Saguenay and do what we weren’t able to do last time.

The first one was scheduled for Day 1 for a cave exploration and walking and hiking trail located in Parc de la Caverne Trou de la Fee. What that directly translates to is “Fairy’s Hole Cavern Park”.  The park is actually very affordable with a guarantee of at least 3 hours of activities. Its separated into 4 parts.

The first part is going for the 15 minute cave exploring.  They are known for their wide settlement of bats, except summer isn’t the season and with some climate changes, its caused an irregularity from what the guide said.  Inside the cave, it was impossible to see anything so I didn’t even bother to take any pictures but I promise you, there is actually a shape of a fairy in there on the walls and there’s a little piece of history attached to it.  However, the walk to the cave had a few pictures.

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Overview of the park area at the start of the trail

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Looking back from the bridge over the falls

When you reach the other side, its a little bit of a hike and then you get to the cave, where we wait for a little bit and head in to explore.

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Waiting to go into the cave!

If you recall, I actually did another cave exploration earlier this year.  This one had a little bit more maneuvering around rocks.  It had some narrow spaces but it was short enough to not be too much of a problem. There was three chambers to go through and some stairs to climb here and there. It was pretty impressive!

Coming out of the cave, the second part of the hike is following the path back, except when we cross to the other side of the bridge, there is an actual hiking trail to the Three Falls.  This trail does a loop and leads to an open area with three waterfalls.

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Lots of water around the site! Love it!

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Near the falls!

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A beautiful rainbow

The hike is a simple family trail.  Its easy and comfortable.  Coming back into the loop, you come back to the main path and this time, instead of heading back the way we came, you go down to walk on the old electric dam facilities which now forms a tunnel with some information about what this site used to be used for.

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As you walk through this, it is connected with some wire barriers like this one, which leads to wooden pathways.

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This path eventually leads to the final part of the trail which is the Green Corridor/Coulée Verte. This part is yet another hike but a super calming and beautiful fun.  The only thing is this one gets a little more challenging with narrow paths and some slippery uphill areas, rocky paths and that sort of thing.  Hiking shoes are useful not only for the caves but also for this trail.

During this path, I gained my new obsession on this trip, aside from waterfalls and flowing rivers: assorted berries and mushrooms, especially along mossy areas.

The Green Corridor was long and curvy.  It was pretty tiring as the ending of this trail, mostly because our day started at 6am and a 6 5+ hours drive.  However, it was a great preparation for warming up the muscles and getting ready for our actual hike the next day.

If you are in the Saguenay Lac Saint Jean area, this area is a must do.  Its not expensive and you get a whole lot of activities to do which makes it completely worth it.  Its part of getting in touch with nature.  You can always choose to not do the cave and just do the trails and that costs less.  Or you could choose to do everything including the 350 feet high zip line crossing.  I wasn’t brave enough to do that.  I’m not actually sure of the actual height but its pretty high so I wouldn’t be surprised if it is.

Thats Day 1 in Saguenay for us! Getting in touch with nature, a bit of hiking, lots of water, calming and refreshing! I loved it! 🙂

Day 2 coming up tomorrow! 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

This week, share a texture found in an unexpected place. It could be made of natural materials, as in these images, or with man-made objects.  This is a great opportunity to look at the world in a slightly different way — along with looking at things from new angles, zooming very far out or very far in are both great ways to create texture and pattern in photos.- The Daily Post

This weekend, my boyfriend and I went for a weekend getaway in the Saguenay region of Quebec.  We’ve been there two years ago and due to bad weather, we had to skip some of the activities.  This time, weather was on our side and we went on some cave exploring, hiking and even had time for a little bit of shopping and zoo time.  Whats great about hiking is that there’s always these natural textures that we miss and when I hike, the photographer details come out in me and I end up focusing on small things.

Here’s a few pictures that show the details of texture that I loved. All of the pictures were taken on the little hiking trail in the Trou de la Fee park.

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From the moss on a fallen tree trunk, carpet of mossy plants, a wall of smooth rocks, mushrooms with plants, and a flowing stream with a mini waterfall: its great how nature shows us all these beautiful textures if you just take it easy and look closely 🙂

Now for a little bonus:

Fur

The texture of this fur is beautiful and you can even see the softness in the picture.  

What animal do you think it belongs to? (hint: its a baby)