Oh no, not that kind of spring; we’ve got lots of winter left.

Rather, we took a walk to a spring that runs nearby to see if it was still running and check the salinity of the water flowing from it.


You can get there by kayak or canoe or overland on foot. Ice prevents us from taking the canoe, so we donned snowshoes for the short overland trek which follows a bear trail, though you can’t see the trail this time of year.


This is a rainforest, so trees are abundant and tend to be bigger than the ones we have at home. Lush green moss blankets not only the ground beneath the trees, but the branches as well. It’s fun to see something green, besides spruce needles, this time of year.


The spring flows from the grassy area down to the ice-covered beach.
spring-walk-5.jpgMike tested the water with the salinity meter…
spring-walk-6.jpg…and then his tongue. Results from both tests indicated no salt in the water.

Two wells on the property yield salty water. Desalinization is an option, but here, it seems, is another.

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  1. I’m not sure, Anna, but I don’t think this is the largest intact temperate rainforest. Maybe I don’t know what that means, exactly, but “intact” gives me pause.

    Hmm…I wonder…(blog post coming)