It was sunny.
We had nice snow; crustless and not too deep.
It wasn't windy.
And it was a holiday.
A good day to snow shoe along the La Manche Village Path and have a wienie roast.
This was my first winter hike to the abandoned community of La Manche, but I have hiked there plenty of other times in the spring, summer, and fall. The East Coast Trail Association has information about the hike on their website.
"La Manche" is French for "the sleeve". Apparently the harbour is shaped like a sleeve, long and narrow with high sides. It was settled in 1840 and was know to have been a good fishing cove.
The population was always small, never exceeding 55 people in the entire span of the community's existence. It did contain a school for the lower grades at one point.
The community was resettled in 1966 after a lot of it was demolished in a severe winter storm. There are still a few eroding foundations that can be seen in the area. I included a picture of the steps from one such foundation that I took in 2010.
I have a classic family photo that came from one such hike at the park. My boys were around 11 and 13. We had been hiking for about four or five hours that day and our reward was going to be a wiener roast in La Manche Provincial Park. We were talking about it for an hour before we stopped. All hands were gut-founded!
I had everything we needed: buns, ketchup, mustard, drinks...even napkins.
Everything except the wieners. Dooh!
I took a picture, of course. It reveals three of my men holding wiener-less hot dogs and wearing long faces. And it also reveals a sense of humour. Phew. A classic memory in the annals of our family history.
Now that the kids have grown and gone we only have the dog to take on such hikes. Loki.
He HATES getting his picture taken. Turns away every time I point the camera at him. No sense of humour at all.
But he is only too happy to eat any wiener scraps that fly his way.
And, on this hike, I actually remembered the wieners!
All photos, with the exception of the last one, were taken with a Canon 24-105 mm f/4 IS USM lens.