Like Elbert Hubbard wrote in A message to Garcia, no man needs a vacation so much as the man who just had one. Last four days are just not enough. Today is our last day in Canada. We hit the road at 8:00 am. This travel has been so great, going back is literally the last thing I want to do. However, severing the passport won’t help. So it’s definitely time to say goodbye.
We grabbed some food at about 9 o’clock and arrived at the airport at 1:00 pm. I tried to retrace everyone I’ve met these days like professor Wang and Loughheed, Sarah, Sam, Amanda, Roxanne and so many others. All I’ve learned and experienced here will be a treasure in my life.
我们在9点左右吃了点东西，并在下午1点抵达了机场。我试图追忆起这些天来我遇到的每个人，如王教授和Loughheed教授，Sarah, Sam, Amanda, Roxanne和其他人。所有我在这里学到和经历过的将成为我生命中的财富。
After a little shopping, we get on the plane and that was the end of our journey to Canada. It might not be a long one, but absolutely an excellent one. Abraham Lincoln once said,” in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” The memories will last forever.
Hello, China. We are back!
Today is 11th, Oct, 2011. It was the last day of our Canada trip, so sad. We spent the whole morning driving to Royal Botanic Garden. The botanic garden was so different from the ones in China, we failed to find anything man-made. It was made on the foundation of a natural forest. We only went to two points for the limit of time. To our surprises, the curbs in Canada were such big that I have never seen and imaged. The staff in botanic garden told us that the curbs in Canada would keep growing to 60years old for no human’s fishing, natural enemy and plentitude nutrient substance. And the curbs would impact the local species, taking up too much share of nutrition. Canadian had to separate the curbs and the other species by machine.
Niagara Falls！！！！！！It was the most most most exciting thing!!The fall was so great and beautiful that we realized the mystery and great of nature and the smallness of us. We couldn’t wait getting on the ship and sailing to the falls. We became more and more excited while the distance was closer and closer. When we were under the falls, we couldn’t see the falls because everywhere we saw was all the water drops, we couldn’t tell which was the river, which was the fall and which was the sky. Although we all got wet, we would never forget this special experience.
The hotel we stayed at night was near the Niagara Falls, we ten people had steak except for Mingmin. He played electronic games with a couple of Canadians…… He was so talkative and loved talking, I couldn’t believe that he would give up a chance of talking~~The Niagara Falls in the evening was also beautiful, the colorful light shone on the fall, red, yellow and green. When we saw the colorful falls and realized it was the last day in Canada, it was so sad and pitiful. Anyway, enjoy the moment,right?
今天是2011年10月11日，是我们在加拿大的最后一天了，好伤感啊……18天的欢乐与辛苦就这么过去了，有些不舍。好了，言归正传，今天我们花了一上午的时间驾车去了Royal Botanic Garden，我觉得加拿大的植物园和中国的完全不一样，加拿大的是以一片原始森林为基础简单的开辟些供人通行的小路和小桥，其它的任何人工设施我们都看不到。由于时间有限我们只前往了两个地点。让我们一行人最最吃惊的事情是看到了一条巨大的鲤鱼，管理人员告诉我们鲤鱼在加拿大是入侵物种，由于没有天敌营养丰富无人捕捞，可以活到60岁，长达80厘米，重达十几斤的巨型鲤鱼！！我怀疑在中国它们五岁之前就被人捞起来吃掉了……==！但这些鲤鱼对加拿大当地的物种也有不好的影响，占有了太多的营养物质。加拿大人不吃淡水鱼我觉得好神奇，后来经过严谨的分析我觉得是加拿大那面饮食文化比较薄弱，对于鱼的做法除了炸鱼排以外没有其它的种类了，所以如果是淡水鱼多刺的话做起来太麻烦了……
We stay in the Town of Collingwood today. It is quite great that we can get up a little bit late this morning. I did not get up until 8:30 am. After a quick breakfast, we set out to our first destination – Bruce Trail.
This may be the fifth hiking I did in this week, but still very excited. During our 1 hour hiking we encounter many families hiking, cycling and rock climbing, and get quite surprised that these are all common activities for a Canadian vacation, which are all quite rare in China. We get to a spring which is famous for its clear and sweet spring. All of us taste the spring and it is indeed very tasty!! Scott also takes us to a rocky area and help us climb through it. This is the first time for me to do rock climbing but luckily I successfully climb through the area without hurting myself.
We have lunch at a small general store and encounter a nice Canadian couple. They buy small maple candies and search around the store to give each of us a candy to taste the typical Canadian taste. So moving!!
We go to apple picking this afternoon and are all shocked by the apple plant. So many apple trees, so many kinds of apple and so many apples dropped on the ground!! We have fun in the apple plant, picking apples, act the drama “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, and make different poses.
Scott invites us to his house for a Thanksgiving dinner. We make Chinese dumplings all by ourselves and help with pies. So perfect a party that all of us will never forget, the food, the firework and all you kind Canadians. Thank you Scott and your friends!!
We left Toronto, heading for next stop. We met Scot and enjoy beautiful scenary together. The woods we went to used to farmland. It’s amazing that the trees grew so well after only a few decades. Nature’s ability of recovering is more than we can imagine. In the afternoon, we saw fish ladder built near a dam to help salmon go back to fresh water, which showed us how Canadian care about the environment. I hope in China we can do similar things some day.
After settling down in the hotel, we planned to have dinner together. Qu Mingzhi offered to pay for us, which is very generous. There were few people in the street when we were heading for food, which made us quite excited.
We had our dinner in a balcony of a restaurant. While we were eating, the sky gradually turned dark, which is quite beautiful. We had a great time during dinner and took lots of pictures of the whole group. When we got out of the restaurant, we were misrecognized as a group of Japanese by a passer-by, who showed sympathy.
Then we enjoyed ourselves in a supermarket, which opens for 24 hours a day. It was so much fun to explore a supermarket in a total strange country, since goods were very different.
Today is our last day in QUBS, and also our last chance to see Prof. Wang and Prof. Lougheed recently. Moring we say goodbye to our dear Veronica and her daughter Elena, Mark and his wife, thank them for taking care of us those days. Elena says we are cookie monster, we always eat out all the cookies.
The hardest thing is say goodbye to Steve, although we don’t have too much changes communicating with him, we still have a great time with this smart funny professor. We take photos with him one by one, and then wave goodbye.
Our last trip with Prof. Wang is from QUBS to Queen’s, when we having lunch at Queen’s Biological Complex, we’ve told that we’ll stop at Toronto tonight, and Sarah may take us go shopping at Toronto. In Canada, all the shops would close at 6:00 pm, since we arrived at Toronto at around 7, we can only go to shops for Chinese people, so we go to a mall dominated by Chinese people, Pacific Mall. Before this, I always wondered, why foreigners don’t like Chinese. After seeing this mall, I find out the answers. Chinese not only bring in our culture, also bring our bad habits in Canada, dirty, pirate, that’s what impression we leave for foreigners.
After long time hanging out and buying nothing, we meet with TA at 9, and return to our hotel, preparing for tomorrow’s plan.
今天是我们在QUBS的最后一天，也是我们最后见到Steve Lougheed教授和Yuxiang Wang教授的一天。我们挥别Veronica和她女儿Elena，Mark和他的妻子，感谢他们这么多天来对我们的照顾，Elena说我们就是cookie monster，每天都会吃光所有的cookie，和所有的食物。
It was the last day in QUBS. We went on our yesterday researches around Elbow Lake. What we need to do is to finish our assessment for wetland in Elbow Lake.
In the morning, mark took us to birds capturing at bio station with a mist net. We were very lucky that we caught 3 birds in few minutes, two white-breasted nuthatches and one chickadee. Mark told us how to identify a bird with guide books. Then, we found two woodpeckers on the trees; it was someone first time to see woodpeckers. Cool, right?!
About 10:30 we arrived at the Elbow Lake and continued with our researches. Every group got a good idea and worked very hard on it. We worked on aquatic plants, another on fishes, etc. After 6h walking through jungles, we finished our task and went back to QUBS. We found that field work was really tough. You should know clearly what you need in the field research as well as find a suitable place to settle your experiment. Also, you would come across jungles and dangerous animals and plants.
About 6:00 pm we arrived at QUBS. Last supper! And we got packed in the evening. Lots of tiny things. Bye QUBS, bye yuxiang Wang and steve Lougheed, bye everyone in the QUBS.
It’s a beautiful day. In the morning, we got up early to watch the sunrise. On my way to the boat house, I saw a few deer wandering near the cabins that we used to live in. That was the first time I ever get so close to a deer. What a magnificent creature!
The sunrise at the boat house was gorgeous. I’ve never actually seen a sunrise before, maybe because I was lazy. But when I really saw it, i was calmed. The sun was rising, little by little, and the sky started to brighten up. When the sun rose above the horizon and finally, rose above the trees on the other side of the lake. I was totally speechless. Such occasions just constantly remind me of how magical and powerful nature is.
Later in the morning, we drove to Elbow Lake and started to work on our field project. At first my group wanted to work on birds, but after a short walk aroud a few marshes, we found out that it was not very feasible. So later in the day we shifted to another plan.
The walk around the Elbow Lake area was pleasant. We saw two marshes caused by the flood due to the beaver dams. On our way back, I caught a snake, It was a Easten Garter Snake. It was black and had 3 golden stripes on its back. I called him Roger. When I was walking in the woods or around those big marshes, I started to have the feeling that I’m really doing the fieldwork now. And that idea excited me a lot.
In the afternoon, we came back to QUBS. And after dinner, we went canoeing once more to see the sunset. The end of the day is just as beautiful as the beginning of the day. It was a bit windy so it was a bit wavy. But we enjoyed it anyway. Far in one of the islands, we heart some very sad howling. Iy might be a coyote or a wolf.
At night, we had our last seminar. When Yuxiang told us that Saturday would be our last at QUBS and we will then on our own to the national park and niagara fall, we were sad. I guess each one of us just didn’t expect the goodbyes would come so soon.
QUBS is really beautiful, and I swear that these few days were by far the best experience of my life because I have learned so much here. So, so I really don’t want to leave, and I guess that makes every one of us.
在Elbow Lake的徒步让人感觉很好。我们看到了两片由于海狸筑坝而被淹而形成的沼泽。在我们回程的途中，我捉到了一条蛇，它是一条Easten Garter Snake。通体漆黑，在它的背上有三条金色的条纹从头部后方一直延伸到尾部，我给他取名叫Roger。当我在林子里面和沼泽边走的时候，我突然意识到，自己的确是在做野外工作了，这样的想法，或者说是感觉，让我觉得异常兴奋。