I first went to Mud Lake in October after viewing a post by Andrea at Quietfish http://www.quietfish.com/notebook/?p=9449. It's a short drive from here in quaint Britannia Village (which I had equally failed to discover unhtil last summer) and today we decided to go there again in the hopes of seeing some ducks. I had three young ones with me and we didn't actually pursue the trail around the lake as it looked a bit snowed-in at least at one end, and the littlest man probably would not have made it around.
We did however take a walk down a short trail on the other side of the road to the Ottawa River (or at least a small arm of the Ottawa River. And it was beautiful. Really beautiful. It didn't hurt that the sun was just coming through the clouds, or that there were large melting ice formations along the trees standing in the water a few feet from sure. It was spring weather, slushy but not yet muddy and there were ducks, and geese and seagulls and squirrels and the sounds of lots of birds. In fact we did even see a cardinal. Next time, and I wish it could be tomorrow, we will take the camera and the binoculars. We will also be sure to make our way around the lake. There's a painted rock there (apparently with a scarey face!) that I want to see.