Getting up before the sunrise during an Ontario summer means rising before 5 am. I lumber out of bed, get dressed and make my way to the dock where the canoe is tied.
As I shove off, I notice the lack of visibility. I can’t see anything beyond the canoe, because the drop in temperature has made the lake foggy. I hear nothing but the swishing of my oar in the water as I paddle around looking for a break in the fog.
The sun slowly rises, and I can see it weakly through the mist. It is so obscured and weak, I briefly mistake it as the moon.
Something must have upset the Canadian geese. I hear the flock way before I can see them. They honk and flap in unison, and almost immediately after they appear they disappear over the nearby treetops.
I paddle on, in awe of the beauty that surrounds me.
Disclosure – I woke up crazy early in Algonquin as a guest of G Adventures’ on their Quebec and Ontario Explorer trip.