A few weeks prior to this trip, Luiza was asked by a friend of hers if we would be available on that particular week-end. Her partner's family has a hut on Séminaire de Québec's land and we could spend two days on lac Louis's shore. I was very excited to have an opportunity to visit this territory legally and we unequivocally answered yes.
So on Saturday morning, after having packed our gear, we left along highway 138 towards Saint-Tite-des-Caps where we would meet Nicolas, Sylvie, and their kids. The idea being that the gated road requires a key, we could not proceed without them. As we parked at the gas station where the meet-up was set, Luiza received a call from Sylvie saying they would be a bit late as their oldest had been sick and they'd have to clean up the car before leaving the grandparents' home. We settled in and, a little while later when they arrived, I met Nicolas as he fueled the towed snowmobile.
From there, we left along rang Saint-Léon and took a right on chemin de l'Abitibi-Price. After passing the gate, we took the usual road, keeping left at the first fork, towards rivière Brûlé. When we reached the foot of Montagne Brûlé, I was shocked to see the landscape torn up by the work done for the powerlines. The entire lower slopes on the south side of rivière Brûlé had been clear cut. When we ascended côte du Caribou, we saw, on our right, the large power station where all the wind turbines' output is transformed and sent to the grid. Shortly afterwards, we saw a large parking area with several vehicles on our left. We kept going, and after a few kilometers, Nicolas' SUV stopped in front of me. We got out and looked at the plowed road that was partly covered with wind slabs. Nicolas decided to try his luck as they didn't look too thick. This proved to be a mistake as he didn't make it far before the car got stuck.