Marcel Schweiker is visiting Liam for a month. He’s a researcher at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. Liam’ll be returning that visit to Marcel (accompanied by Nina) in October and November. Here’s Marcel’s lab at KIT, named LOBSTER. It’s used to study comfort and behaviour of office occupants. For instance, how much less likely is someone to turn on a fan in the presence of an office-mate if conditions are too warm?
We offered Marcel a weekend away during his first weekend in Ottawa. On Saturday we had him over to the cabin, where we set the ambitious goal to find and canoe to neighbouring Tommy Lake. Sunday, we went to a nearby park, Frontenac Provincial Park and did a 11km day hike. Fortunately, Marcel seems to be a good photographer. Some highlights below.
Finding Tommy Lake was tough because we didn’t have a map with us and the bushes are very thick. Essentially, we had to do our best at guessing where to hop out. Then we walked and found the lake. Then we had to figure out how to get back to our canoe and find the shortest/least brushy route. This involved walking for about 20 minutes in a waist-deep swamp. Liam got a couple of leeches on his feet.
Tommy Lake is a real lake and arguable quite a bit superior to ours in the sense of clarity and swimmability. No photos of it below, for whatever reason. The lake has just a single home on it (Herlehy Estate). Mr. Herlehy owns the Home Hardware in Westport.