Today we took a drive up into the north part of Kawartha Lakes to check out the Carden Alvar Nature Area. An alvar is basically a limestone plain with very little topsoil, creating an area that is mostly grassland or covered with lichens and moss. The area was very different from a lot of what we are used to in Ontario, and we enjoyed the hike very much. We saw 3 or 4 Osprey, one (endangered!) Loggerhead Shrike, and lots of wildflowers, including Indian paintbrush and Prairie smoke. It was a beautiful day and we are glad we spent our time outdoors!