So what made this day stand out from all the others? First of all we had company! Our spouses finally agreed to join us, with some trepidation, but eager to experience first-hand the excitement we have been expressing every time we come back from a day on the trail.
We wanted it to be an enjoyable relaxing day for all of us, so decided on a comfortable 12.6 kilometre distance and respectable starting time of 10:30 a.m. The trail wasn’t too strenuous but there were enough hills to keep Makhudu and Dana impressed. Often the boys trailed behind, talking loudly and animatedly, oblivious to us as we forged ahead. The trail was quite mucky and slippery in places but even Makhudu who was wearing runners managed to navigate around these places without any slip-ups.
Along the way we discovered the Spirit Tree Estate Cidery a wonderful local market/bakery/restaurant. The diversion inside and tasty bakery treats we enjoyed on the picnic benches outside were well worth the time out.
Another accomplishment; we completed the Toronto section of the trail on this hike! We are now into the Caledon Hills section. Magdalena had been keenly anticipating this part of the trail, with hopes of spectacular views of the badlands along the way but unfortunately this wasn’t the case and so after we finished our hike, we drove to the lookout, which was well worth the detour.
We finished off our hike with a celebratory beer back at the Terra Cotta Inn. As we move further away from Toronto, it will become increasingly challenging to do day hikes. So with this in mind we are enthusiastically planning a 4-day hike over the long weekend in May in the Beaver Valley section, staying at local B&Bs there. marian