Sunday, 6 October 2013

Hike #39, October 6, 2013 Primrose

Hike # 39
Date – October 6, 2013
Location – Map 20 Primrose, Dufferin Hi-Land Section
Distance – 13 km   
Total Trail Distance – 455.3 (438.7 to go)
Hikers – Steve, Simon, Dean, Marlene, Benjamin, Harold, Janette, Madeleine and Kent
Start –23.9 Eighth Sideroad
End – 36.9 Prince of Wales Road
Direction – North
Weather – Grey and wet.

The pictures reveal a dreary grey day. What they don't show is the pouring rain during the last hour of the hike that soaked us through to the skin -- wetter than we have ever been before. Why don't the pictures show it? My camera was ruined.

Even though the weather was terrible, we had a good time. There are beautiful fall colours and we manage to have a short picnic before the deluge. We see salmon (or trout) in the stream and have fun exploring an abandoned mill (indicated on the map as a powerhouse) near the town of Kilgorie.  There are some cool crevices near an area called Rock Hill Corner, and even a section where we have to cross a spooky rock bridge.
It's not our preferred hiking weather, but as Janette says, we're not real hikers if we stay home when it rains.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Hike #38, July 21, 2013 Mono Centre

Hike # 38
Date – July 21, 2013
Location – Map 19 Mono Centre, Dufferin Hi-Land
Distance – 13.9 km   
Total Trail Distance – 456.2 (437.8 to go)
Hikers – Steve, Simon, Dean, Marlene, Benjamin, Robyn, Shayla and Harold
Start –10.0, First Line EHS
End – 23.9, Eighth Sideroad
Direction – North
Weather – Warm and sunny

This is the hike on which we finally reach the half-way point of our journey! Who knew that a spontaneous and uninformed suggestion three years ago would have led to such an adventure? But what a satisfying one it's been and, I think I may even be sorry when it's done.

Here we are at Kilometre 447, our official halfway point:

It's a glorious sunny day and the scenery, foliage, sky and weather are all spectacular. There are golden fields of wheat, preposterous round bales of hay, bright flowers, gleaming berries and exquisite bugs. We see a farmer harvesting his fields, the kids find green apples in an abandoned orchard for an apple fight, and we all climb to the top of a hill that affords glorious views in all directions.

We don't usually hike much in the summer, because of heat and bugs and vacations, but this hike is so beautiful we are glad to be planning a whole week of summer hiking for August 2014.
I take over 300 pictures, so whittling it down to less than 50 is quite an accomplishment.