October 12, 2009 – Mt. Pinacle in Quebec’s Eastern Townships
Gee, we figured having Mt. Pinacle all to ourselves on Thanksgiving Monday. We’ve been coming here for years and have rarely seen anyone. So it was a bit of a shock to arrive at the park’s parking lot (Harold F. Baldwin park) and see; 1) two new port-o-potties and 2) a lineup at the portopotties. We hadn’t even started on the trail and there was a crowd!
One thing I’ve noticed this year is that the fall colours are not as vibrant as they usually are. Maybe because of the rainy summer followed by a relatively warm fall followed by a sudden drop off to near zero temps? I don’t know.
One of the things that really pisses me off is the general lack of respect among people. Even in the forest there should be etiquette. Examples: 1) you don’t walk up someone’s ass. I’m walking/talking to my girlfriend, I don’t need you 5 feet behind me coughing your H1N1 or filling my air up with cigarette smoke (another point: you come for a walk in the country, why the heck are you smoking?). Either fall behind a bit or pass and move on, I don’t need the pressure of having you up my ass. People like you are why I like to escape the city. 2) another example of etiquette is that people coming down the slope have priority over people going up. Give them room, the footing going down is more precarious than that going up. That also goes for your snot-nosed kids and your dogs. 3) My biggest peeve: I don’t need to hear about your life when I’m on the mountain trying to breathe some air and relax. Why do people feel like peace and quiet means they can talk even louder that they usually do? We arrived at the summit to this gaggle of middle-aged women, all going quack, quack, quack in loud voices. Please just shut the f___ up.
Anyway, enough of my rant.
So it wasn’t maybe our best excursion to Mt. Pinacle – still a good time though and the views are great. Below is the view of Mt. Pinacle from the little beach across the lake (Lake Lyster).