X marks the location where this painting began
To access the view in this painting we chose the Nokomis Trail. The parking lots are not accessible in the winter, so we found somewhere safe to leave the vehicle and crossed the road to the beginning of the trail. We went left on the path, but with the fresh deadfalls had to come back along the road a ways and then cut in. If you are heading out late in the day be sure to bring a headlight. When the bush became too dense for the moon to shine through, they sure came in handy and left our hands free to use our hiking poles.

"An anticipated sight to many who travel along Hwy 17 is a glimpse of Old Woman Bay on Lake Superior. The road begins to climb just north of the beach turnoff, lifting the viewer to a momentary vista which includes the sheer face of the "Old Woman". On the afternoon that I began my climb, with outdoor writer James Smedley accompanying me (he was working on feature story for the Sault Star), snowshoes were the mode of transportation, and the rise was much steeper. I was looking for my own "vista", one that offered an inspiring winter view seen by the few who travel these trails at this time of year. After some considerable effort, and a few ice slicks along the trail and pack full of painting gear, I found myself spoiled with this incredible view, one shared by the ravens in the area and James. Working until the disappeared, I turned to find a warm fire to return to, a comfort in the frigid air. A moonlit hike back down the trail topped off a great evening of painting and camaraderie."
Cory Trepanier


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