Saturday June 23,2012
We have 43.7 km left to complete the Beaver Valley section of the trail this weekend; a pretty easy goal at this point in our hiking careers. We plan to do about 18 km or 6 hours per day on Saturday and Sunday (which allows us plenty of time for our other obsession – stopping to take pictures along the way) and gives us a leisurely day Monday to finish up and drive back to the city in time for Magdalena’s 6pm meeting.
After a 2 hour drive we arrive at Johnston’s sideroad on the west side of the Beaver Valley at 10am. This is where we left off back in May when we were here for 4 days.
We feel the rush of excitement as we recognize the landmarks.
We have booked 2 nights at the Rocklyn Inn B&B and have made arrangements for them to pick us up at the end of the day so we are all set.
It’s another picture-perfect day and we are eager to get on the trail. We breathe deep and let the oxygen flow into our veins. All the stress and tension leaves our bodies. It’s exhilarating and calming at the same time.
There is a meditative quality to our walks as we become completely immersed in our immediate surroundings.
Listening to the birds and hearing the rustle in the leaves constantly reminds us that we are not alone and that there are many eyes watching us even if we don’t see them. Today we disturb thousands of tiny butterflies, walking through the wildflowers and they flit around us like fairies. A toad tolerantly poses for us as we take numerous photos. We also see our first porcupine up close – so close in fact I almost tripped on him but unfortunately startled him and he scurried away before we had time to pull out our cameras.
By 4:30 we have walked 33,910 steps and 24 km (Magdalena’s watch) or 17.9 km (Bruce trail guide) and although we both feel like we could go further, we decide to call our B&B hosts and Mel pick us up. He is pretty laidback but his partner Diana is a bundle of nervous energy. She is compelled to give us a detailed run-down of our stay, while busily preparing a 3 course dinner for a 1956 high school reunion for 14 people tonight. Some of them are staying overnight so the Inn is full and we are relegated to the neighbour’s house but are permitted to come back at 7:30pm for dinner (if there is any leftover) for $25 each. Nancy’s home is tranquil; we shower and relax in her beautiful gardens with a bottle of wine before heading back for dinner. The food is surprisingly delicious; Caesar salad, Coq-au-Vin with fresh vegetables and homemade rhubarb pie. By 9:30pm we are satiated and comfortably tucked into our beds…marian