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Year 1975.

- 1975 Killbear and Killarney
This is Derek's oldest slide show. It began as a 35 milimeter slide show with a stereo audio tape to drive the slide projector. The synchronisation was maintained by a series of timed beeps on one channel of the sound track. The narrative was on the other channel. The beeps were fed through a set of primitive electronic gadgets to the slide projector. Each beep advanced the projector one slide. If all went well, the show remained in synchronization to the end. Audio quality was limited by the makeshift tape-recorders originally used to capture the narrative.

In 1996 The slides that made up the show were scanned to computer and the original audio tape digitized. The slides needed considerable editing to remove dust and to bring the image quality up to digital standards. The audio tape had to be digitally edited to cut the narrative into individual audio files for each slide.

- Vacation 75
In 1975 our holiday trip takes us to Killbear and Killarney Provincial Parks. Killbear Park is on the northern point of land enclosing Parry Sound Harbour. (Show map?)

1975 - Killbear Provincial Park.

- We discover several distinct tenting areas in separated parts of the Park -- each with an individual character. We stay at Blind Bay on the protected inner side of the point. Picking the largest campsite available, we arrange five tents in a semicircle with rain-flys stretched overhead. The Richards compound looks like a village in the woods.

- Here are some of the locals in the marketplace now. They look like they're selling small animals and plastic tableware.

- Inside headquarters we prop up our backpacks on the rear tentpole to keep things off the floor.

- The usual wild animals visit the campsite: lots of raccoons and this chipmunk beside the firepit.

- We have a few misgivings about bringing guinea pigs on a camping trip, but it seems easier than finding a pig sitter back in St. Catharines.

- It turns out well for everyone. Outdoors they're easier to feed and keep clean ...

- and the guinea pigs themselves become brighter and more cheerful than ever.

- Our main activity is swimming, and here's Adam at the sheltered cove where we usually hang out on sunny days.

- The rubber boat makes a handy platform for snorkelling.

- Over the side and into the depths.

- Miriam is cruising along looking for shells ...

- and interesting bits of flotsam on the bottom.

- That yellow blob sure is a welcome sight after being underwater for several minutes.

- Some of us adopt more conventional forms of aquatic locomotion ...

- And sometimes we don't locomote at all.

- The shores are generally steep, but these rocks, polished smooth by glaciers and warmed by the sun, make a dandy place for getting a suntan.

- Or doing some laundry.

- Miriam is simply recuperating after a heavy day of swimming.

- Some of the aquatic creatures on our stretch of beach look even more at home in the water than the kids.

- This crayfish is the biggest we've seen.

- Nathan spends a lot of time diving for clams. Nobody knows why: just because they're there. After briefly disturbing their peace and quiet, he throws them back.

- Next, we decide to do some messing about in boats. So we go to this marina to rent a canoe.

- Here's the bird that rented it to us. But it floats anyway ...

- and back at the park, everybody gets in lots of practice ...

- in learning safety procedures such as wearing life preservers ...

- and in skills like paddling in both the bow and stern positions.

- One day Merle and I go out chasing sailboats. She has her eye on boarding this one off the port bow ...

- but it gets away and we have to settle for sunburn instead.

- One member of the expedition prefers to stay at home and maintain the harbour defences, well-sheltered from the waves and breezes farther out.

- We do lots of things besides swimming. With nature trails as well paved as this one, leading mysteriously off into the woods on every side, we just have to go exploring. At least, that's what I want to do. Miriam doesn't look so enthusiastic.

- Sometimes the adventure is only to discover small delicate things beside the path: like mushrooms ...

- or clubmoss.

- Sometimes we reach a high lookout -- probably planned by the builder of the trail as a bait to lure sluggish campers away from their tents.

- Another hike takes us along the coast to Lover's Bluff -- at least that's what I bluff Merle into thinking it's called.


- We begin to develop an affection for any pert evergreen that shows unusual determination to survive.

- How would Lowell Thomas, maker of travel films, have phrased it? "As the last rays of the setting sun bathe the age-worn rocks in orange light ...

- we bid a fond farewell to this "Group of Seven" pine tree and leave Killbear Park."

- On the way north again, we cross the French River, drainage channel for the Great Lakes in earlier geological time.

- More recently, in fur trading days, the voyageur canoe route to the west passed through here.

1975 - Killarney Provincial Park.

- The village of Killarney lies at the end of 42 miles of side road off the main route north from Pary Sound to Sudbury. The main street goes roughly south-east. Pittfield's general store is that prominent white building down at the end.

- Killarney may be one of the only towns in Ontario where the liquor store has its own dock. See the sign on the left?

- Looking north-west, now, you can see taxpayers taking advantage of recent improvements to the government wharf. The Sportsman's Inn where we rented canoes is visible in the background.

- Killarney Provincial Park is full when we arrive, so we head out to Teddy Lamorandiere's campsite on the edge of town. Those are our tents beside that mound of pink rock, blue and orange in the distance.

- It's worth a stay at this commercial campsite just to see these large polished stones. I have a feeling they might have had a mystic significance to the original inhabitants of the area.

- Our tents are pitched near the shore of Killarney Bay which is sheltered from the full sweep of Georgian Bay by several large islands.

- The campsite owner brings us a pike he's just caught offshore, probably in these weeds.

- He rents us a boat to go fishing. Luckily not this one.

- In the fields and woods around the campsite, we find plenty of debris. But it doesn't really seem like garbage. In a rural area like this, discarded toys ...

- hay mowers ...

- other farm machiney ...

- and delapidated boats seem to subside back into the soil so much more gracefully than litter in the city.

- Lush vegetation, like this giant goldenrod, helps hide the process of decay.

- While we explore and sit on the rocks at Lamorandiere's campsite, Merle and Miriam have succeeded in getting us a place in the provincial park. They have to hang around the front gate until someone reluctantly goes home and leaves us a free campsite.

- Our first view of George Lake. The water really seems to sparkle today. The posessor of the shiny dome is also the possessor of the Klepper kayak in the next picture.

- The sight of all those canoes and kayaks tells me we're in the right place for a new kind of adventure. That foam on the beach is natural, by the way.

- Just in time for our arrival, the park rangers, with junior rangers to help them ...

- start building a new pier.

- Right from the beginning, we can hardly keep away from the rocks, just made for scrambling.

- Nathan locates the site for a cliff-hanger of a movie on his first trip away from the tent.

- We've never experienced this type of environment before. Canoes glide by, flirting with the rocks, suspended in water so clear you can see thirty feet down.

- We find a classic view of the narrows of George Lake with the indispensable pine tree for framing.

- Nearby is the rock where we do most of our diving.

- No powerboats are allowed on George Lake, but this one manages to get past the rangers.

- Merle watches to make sure he doesn't run out of gas somewhere out there in the middle.

- We have colourful neighbours down the road from our tent.

- The usual welcoming committee is waiting at the campsite when we set up the tent. This chipmunk keeps coming back every day to load up his cheeks with raisins.

- He's fearless ...

- even with a camera poked in his face.

- Some of our wildlife visitors make us a little uneasy. Bears prowl around looking for food nearly every day and night.

- One rainy day we go on a conducted nature hike to visit a marsh.

- At the end of a damp trail we find a bog with these floating islands of plants. Poke one with a stick and it'll bob up and down.

- Almost every walk reveals beautiful scenery. This is Little Sheguiandah Lake, separated from George Lake in the background by a natural dam of rock.

- After renting canoes, we go exploring by water. Even a grey day with low clouds can produce a completely different kind of scenery.

- We find that, instead of staying at the main campground, some people just put their gear in canoes and retire to sites on the opposite side of the lake.

- We spend some time quietly ghosting along looking at rocks ...

- and trees beside the water.

- Some of us also discover we like rock climbing. This knob of polished quartzite is our first project. To reach it we have to hike an hour from the campsite, and so ...

- we decide to cool off in the small clear lake at it's base.

- Here's one of the daring mountaineers as we start out from the water's edge.

- Miriam finds an interesting geological formation: this band of orange rock.

- About half-way up, we take a rest on a patch of dry grass growing on a ledge.

- Adam gets ahead of us, and peers down from a cliff overhead. The rock is smooth and rounded, a very friendly surface for easy scrambling.

- Near the top, we look back down at the lake where we've been swimming ...

- in the cool blue water, far below.

- Finally we make the summit and everybody runs for the highest point.

- This is the only way that all four of us can get into the picture together.

- Looking deeper into the park, you can see similar rocky hills stretching for miles to the northward.

- I have a talk with this pine tree, a survivor of the drought which is turning everything brown, especially on these high and exposed places.

- Looking back toward the campsite, a keen eye might be able to pick up some canoes pulled up on the shore of George Lake near the centre of the picture.

- On another day, Diana, Nathan and I take a hike along the north shore of George Lake looking for more rocks to climb.

- We start and end at this beach. You can reach it by a trail through the woods from the main campsite.

- Canoeing parties sometimes camp on the shore near here. It's convenient to the Park entrance if you're just beginning or ending a trip.

- This tree might come in handy to grab if you were sliding down these slippery rocks toward the water.

- Higher up and back from the lake, we find another kind of rock. This calls for a much more serious climbing effort. Diana explores a crack by wedging herself in and worming upward.

- Nathan tries it too. But the rock is loose and crumbling, and since we don't have a rope or safety helmets, we decide to turn back.

- Down at the water's edge, this old tree root is probably the relic of a forest fire.

- Nathan makes friends with a dragon instead of slaying it. Eventually it hums into life and flies away across the water.

- Back at the beach, we cool off the usual way.

- Seeing all those happy wanderers out on canoe trips makes us want to try it. On two separate occasions we go off on an overnight outing, with me taking two of the children each time. Here are Nathan and Miriam at the end of our first portage looking ahead to the next leg of the trip.

- Freeland Lake, between the first and second portages into Killarney Lake, is unusual for the number and size of its water lilies.

- We camp for the night on Killarney Lake. Here's the spot we stopped for lunch the next day -- right beside this log with a tree growing out the end.

- Rising above the shore is the most strenuous piece of climbing so far. After tiring ouselves out scrambling through the woods ...

- we reach a point where we have to choose between a very long detour and going up this cliff. Nathan and Miriam are determined to swarm up at all cost. I'm worried that the real top of the hill may still be much further back. Worse still, we might get up there and find it impossible to go on -- or to get back down again. But with the example of Mallory and Irvine before us, we cling to every crack and crevice ...

- and are rewarded by this view from the top. The direction is south-west looking back toward the Park entrance. Georgian Bay is visible on the horizon.

- Our route down takes us to the left, round this hanging valley and back to Killarney Lake where our canoe is parked. 8?/cmd/vid normal|{#}

- Editing History: {hist}
75 or 76 created
86-03-16 revised
87-10-05 revised
06-01-06 revised to add "gra" tags from camera files. Quick and dirty capture by setting up camera in front of projctor.
07-04-24: rescanned for higher resolution.
07-04-25: cropped, adjusted levels, picked dust. created routine Z6 to rename sound files. new file name is obtained from comment field, placed there by word macro.
07-04-26: sound seems clear, but a bit tinny? Could be fixed by Cooledit. Try using Quickfilter with 125hz +10db, 250hz +10db. Test first through speakers. Fix could be repeated on successive clips via . Would have been better to get this right before cutting up the fixed-up tape transcript.
07-05-06: some sound files missing. see "missing". 07-05-07 fixed.
07-12-14: removed obsolete tags. see below. These were from the first incarnation of the show. This was made by putting a digital camera in front of the slide projector and clicking both in sequence, then numbering the pictures to match the tray slots. The scanned pictures above have the actual slide numbers.
08-11-17: TTS talker can be mixed with audio show. Using delay argument = 1. This show has no picture captions. Where did they go? The original show had no captions since it had no computer display.
12-10-30: added {#1} bookmarks for hiking above treeline slide show.
19-12-07: format adjustments only.

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