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Learning From Our Students & Peering Down the Well Susan Moore


roundwater. We all know what this is, but groundwater behaves in surprising ways, particularly in fractured rock. The Queen’s students who work nearby at a groundwater study site know a great deal about this intricate process. The Kennedy Field Station north of Tamworth is part of the Beaty Water Research Centre, which was donated to Queen’s University by the late Ross Kennedy, a Queen’s alumni. The Kennedy Station is ideal for water research and education with a naturalized riverfront, an existing water control structure, and a diversity of soil and terrain. On Saturday, June 15, the public is invited to the Centre for a hands-on groundwater day. Participants will see the inside of a well, sample for water quality, and learn a whole lot about groundwater. The highlight of the day is learning from our Queen’s students. Friends of the Salmon River will host this half-day of water activity at Kennedy

Field Station just north of Tamworth. The public is invited free of charge – entry is by donation – but an RSVP is required, please. Grad students from Queen’s will be our group leaders. The opener will be a look at the rock outcrops on site. Afterwards, groups will rotate through each of these four activities:

Demo of Test by Pulse Interference with Queen’s student at last year’s Groundwater Day. 1. 2.



Reel a video camera down a well and see the fractures that govern groundwater flow in the well. Sample the groundwater using a hand pump and mechanical pump. Measure for several water quality parameters and discuss the implications. Test by pulse interference. Explore the interaction of groundwater within a network of wells. using a real-time pressure monitoring system. See how the wells are connected with fractures. See an interactive map with many areas of interest on the Salmon River.

Near the end of the day, anyone who wishes can walk to the Salmon River (about 15 minutes) and observe a stream flow gauge that measures water flow in different sections of the river.

Learning about the pumping station at KFS Groundwater Day.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Susan at susan@moorepartners. ca or 613-379-5958. Also, visit

Groundwater Activities with Friends of the Salmon River ON SATURDAY, JUNE 15 FROM 9 A.M. TO 12 P.M. come and peer down the well and try your hand at a water pump. The Field Station is at 669 County Road 15, just north of Tamworth. Watch for a sign at the gate. Bring your own drinking water, as there is no potable water on site. There will be light refreshments.

The Long Walk Diane Creber


ix years ago, my husband Tim and I decided to do an 800-kilometre walk! We started in Saint-Jean-Piedde-Port, France, and hiked westward across northern Spain almost to the coast following well-marked paths that took us across three mountain ranges, high plateaus, and through fascinating medieval towns and villages. The trail passed by 1800 buildings of great historical significance and along the way, we met wild horses, chickens residing in a cathedral, and people from all over the world sharing the same goal—to complete the journey. Although we carried all our clothing and sleeping bags, we stayed in friendly hostels, slept in real beds, enjoyed hot showers and were well fed at various restaurants along the way at very reasonable prices. In 1993 UNESCO inscribed this walk as a World Heritage Site. The final destination was the town of Santiago de Compostela. The walk is called the “Camino de Santiago.” The Camino is a pilgrimage that thousands of people have been walking for over ten centuries. Both of us are avid

hikers and wanted the challenge of doing the distance. But there are probably as many reasons for walking the Camino as there are people who take up the challenge. Our plan was to leave Canada on March 26, fly to Paris, rest a day and then take another flight to Biarritz in southern France where a bus was waiting to take us to Saint-Jean; the start of the Camino. After registering at the Camino office, we were issued our “credencial,” or passport. This small booklet was to be carried with us throughout the trip to be stamped at various locations along the route, such as recognized hostels and restaurants. It would prove to those in Santiago that we had completed the walk. Although Tim and I had trained for the distance, we weren’t prepared for the steep uphill climbs. Where we lived in Ontario, it was mainly flat. The first day was twenty kilometres of torturous climbs followed by four kilometres of hazardous descent—crossing the Pyrenees Mountains. That evening our legs felt like jelly and we were concerned

we wouldn’t be able to complete our trip if the rest of the journey should be like this. However, we persevered, not realizing that some days the hills would be even worse, although our stamina improved the greater the distance we travelled. The complete walk took us one month averaging twenty-five kilometres a day. An ordeal at any time—but doing it in early spring and facing blizzard conditions—a typhoon, and rain, snow, or sleet almost every day added to the hardship. Despite the weather, we have wonderful memories of beautiful landscapes, made great friendships, and learned about the history of Spain. When asked if I would do the Camino again, I answer without hesitation; “In a heartbeat!” Diane’s adventures of walking the Camino de Santiago have been put in a book, “The Long Walk.” The book is available at The Old Book Store Café in Newburgh, The Wilton General Store, Truesdale’s General

Walking the Camino de Santiago. Store in Sydenham, Novel Idea and Trailhead in Kingston, or from Diane’s website at

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The SCOOP // June / July 2019  

The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...

The SCOOP // June / July 2019  

The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...