Last Sunday on the Nisramont lake, in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes…
I start paddling at 9:30 am, temperature just below freezing, cold mist rising from the water and common cormorants flying overhead. During the course of the day temperature rises to a pleasant 15°C thanks to abundant sunshine. The lake looks as scenic as ever and warm autumn colors make the package complete.
After 13 km or so of relaxed paddling I head over to the rocks at Le Hérou for a classic hike above and along the Ourthe river.
In 2016 I first witnessed autumn foliage in September in Quebec, and late October experienced the same phenomenon a second time in Belgium. This year the situation is similar: in September I enjoyed the peak of autumn foliage in the Norwegian fjells, and one month later we are now heading towards the (less intense) peak in Belgium.