Mealy Mountains located in the southern portion of Labrador, is situated south of Lake Melville, north of Sandwich Bay and borders the Labrador Sea. The mountain range encompass over 26 thousand square kilometers of forests, tundra, wetlands, coastal barrens, lakes, beaches and bogs. This large remote region contains many scenic areas, many of witch I was fortunate enough to get to see while surveying various areas of the soon to be National Park.
During the past decade I have been fortunate enough to travel all over North America and one of my recent work trips brought me to Labrador for the first time. The actual field work took place in various places throughout the Mealy Mountains and surrounding coastal areas, so for the this job were we based out of the small town of Cartwright.
My career and has allowed me to be involved in many projects that go well beyond what my education prepared me for …
Well yet another stay in the small northern town of Dryden has come around … it is centrally located between Thunder Bay ONT and Winnipeg MB, along the Trans-Canada Highway. It is the home town of NHL super star Chris Pronger and Max the Moose, the town’s mascot, a large cement statue whom stands 18 feet tall and weighs nine tons, found outside the Dryden Information Centre.
Currently doing a few small LIDAR jobs in the Sioux Lookout area. Sioux Lookout is a town in northern Ontario (about a 4 and half hour drive west from Thunder Bay). It claims to have a population of 5200 and also known locally as the “Hub of the North” (although I see that phrase in other northern towns as well).
Within the Hocking Hills State Park are several spectacular features based around rock formations, including Old Man’s Cave (a narrow, deep gorge, with many waterfalls), Cantwell Cliffs (a broad gorge at the head of a hollow with a unique stone stairway) and Ash Cave / Cedar Falls (large rock caves with water falls.
TITAN Cross Country Road Trip # 4
Start Location: Ottawa, Ontario
End Location: Houston, Texas
States / Provinces Crossed:
– 8 states: New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas
– 1 province: Ontario
Places stayed or visited: Syracuse NY, Cleveland OH, Logan OH, Lexington KY, Louisville KY, Little Rock AK, Houston TX
Approximate Distance: 3160 km
Duration: 7 days
Although this may have been my shortest road trip since I started traveling with the Terrapoint Titan mobile LIDAR system we still crossed through eight states and 1 province along about a 3160+ kilometer journey in seven days (with only 1 speeding ticket! … and no it wasn’t mine either…). Unlike most of the previous road trips, there was only one official stop along the way. It was just outside Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, Ohio but the main focus was to bring the system to our Houston office for future jobs in that region.
Besides the short hike at the Hocking Hills State Park, this trip didn’t allow any time to partake in many interesting stops (I was hoping to get to stop in Lynchburg, Tennessee to take a Jack Daniel’s Distillery Tour or visit the Clinton Presidential Library while stopping in Little Rock but that didn’t work out) so this time I have little things to mention besides the numerous typical truck stops for gas and coffee refills. It was mostly interstate driving with a short country side detour through Ohio and Kentucky (from Logan OH to Lexington KY).
Maybe on the next trip will be a little more exciting …
“the Machete” … also known as “the Nicaraguan Lawn Mower” …
I found this neat T Shirt while walking around one of the local markets in Managua (the market alone can be a whole story / experience all by itself) and couldn’t resist getting it to add to my cheesy T shirt collection (especially since it was only $5).
And, actually the funnier part of this little story was that I often did see people cut grass here with a machette. In fact one day a of the few army guys at the local base cleared a whole grass field right where we landed our helicopter everyday…
“Good luck finding a someone mowing around here with a John Deere ride on mower”