Gaspe, Quebec and Forillon National Park
Today I went hiking! Forillon National Park is a small park that overlooks the Gaspe Bay on one side and the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the other. The park is a relatively new national park at only 50 years old. It is about a 30 minute scenic drive from the city of Gaspe where our ship was parked for the day.
The hiking trail we took was about 5 miles with a steep climb. Here is me at the bottom of the trail. Right after we took this picture a whale came up about 30 feet from the shore behind me. Neat! There are a lot of whales in this area but this was the only one that I saw today.
This was the easy part of the trail. It got a lot more steep and narrow. I stopped for picture breaks but mostly just kept on trucking.
View from the first overlook:
The second overlook: Me and some limestone cliffs.
Foliage from the top of the trail:
These are the Appalachian Mountains:
The Appalachians extend slightly further than Quebec but are mostly rolling hills further north according to my park ranger guide.
And this is the end of the Appalachian Trail:
My book club has been threatening to take up hiking for fun and maybe go on the Appalachian Trail for a day hike ever since reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I shopped and bought hiking boots a month ago and used them once so far. Hiking today was fun! I saw a porcupine but couldn’t whip my camera out fast enough.
It was a brisk 36 degrees when we started the hike. Brrrrrrr. After our 4 hour journey, we were hot and sweaty but it started downpouring. We packed it in and called it a day.
Tomorrow there is more hiking from a different spot in Quebec. Fingers crossed for no more rain (and possibly a higher morning temperature!).