Monthly Archives: July 2012

Road hiking – lots and lots of road

This was the hike I had been dreading.  More than 10 km. on the road – ugh!  And add to that, “extreme heat alert” weather.  A nasty combination.

We decided to get on the trail early, keep the day’s hike short, and just “get ‘er done”!  It was a good plan and we have a sense of accomplishment and considerable relief to know that it’s behind us.

It wasn’t all road, of course.  Of the 13.8 km we covered, about 3.4 went through fields and woods.  One of the fields held an enormous patch of milkweeds.  Milkweed being the only plant that the larvae of Monarch butterflies can feed on, the patch was a paradise for the beautiful orange and black butterflies which flitted around us as we walked.  Mostly they were too fast for our cameras, but I did manage to capture one.

The wooded sections offered us another kind of patch – raspberries and blackberries!  Yum.

Most of the road section was actually quite pretty – not much traffic, beautiful views, and a fair bit of shade.  We were feeling good about the day as we approached Airport Road, starting to wish we had targeted a longer hike.  How quickly that changed.  The 1.8 km along Airport Road was noisy, unbearably hot, and long.  We were much relieved to turn into Finnerty Sideroad and know that our car was waiting 1.5 km up the road.

We finished the day with a brew at the Bellfountain Inn, driving along the Forks of the Credit Road which has to be one of Ontario’s most beautiful roads. It made us think of Kim who toured us through here in June.

From here our hike will be on hiatus until the latter half of August.  Magdalena is taking some time at the cottage, and Marian is travelling to Romania.  magdalena

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Another completion

Monday June 25, 2012

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The final day of our 3 day trek in the Beaver valley was a short one. We had less than 7 km to complete this section of the trail and rather than go on into the next section, we had decided to make it an early day and take our time heading back home.  Magdalena had left her socks at the last B&B and so had finagled a lunch invitation from Tom and Darlene today.

We started out at 9:25 am after a leisurely breakfast at the Rocklyn Inn, parking our car at the end point and then having Mel drive us back to where we left off the day before. It was a perfect summer day; the sun was shining, big fluffy clouds in the horizon, a gentle breeze blowing and the meadows covered in wild flowers.  The trail was easy, and after a relaxed 2 hours, which included lots of photo ops we got to the car having walked only 10,643 steps today.

at the end of the beaver valley

Completing the Beaver Valley was bittersweet. We have really enjoyed our time here and meeting some of the people who call this part of Ontario home. Discovering bits of Ontario that we never knew existed and having the opportunity to experience places up close and personal is definitely an added bonus of walking the Bruce; something that rarely happens when you are driving…marian