Ottawa River and Mud Lake
A friend of mine organized a socially distant group outing to Mud Lake. Mud Lake, also known as the Britannia Conservation Area, is a wonderful place. Surrounded on three sides by city suburbs, and next to the Ottawa river, it is full of wildlife. It is also full of trails that are heavily used by nature enthusiasts and their families. Half a dozen of us attended. We arrived separately, and went whichever way we liked, photographing whatever interested us. At an agreed time, we then gathered at the Beachconers Microcreamery, near the lake for ice cream. This socializing over ice cream was the first time some of us had seen each other for several months. For my part, I spent part of my time exploring the section of the Ottawa river next to the park. I had visited this area in January 2020, and wanted to see it again without the covering of snow. From there, I followed the trail that encircles the lake, before rushing to meet the group for ice cream. It was a beautiful sunny day; not uncomfortably hot, but warm enough to appreciate the cold treat. Everyone was careful to maintain social distancing since COVID-19 is still a fact of life. Even so, it was so nice to talk with friends in person after being apart for so long.