Sunday, 12 July 2015

Hike #60 July 12, 2014 Blantyre and Big Head River


Hike #60
Date – July 12, 2015
Location – Maps 28 Blantyre and 29 Big Head River
Distance – 21.3
Total Trail Distance – 843.4 (50.6 to go)
Hikers – Dean, Marlene, Benjamin, Steve, Simon, Madeleine and Kent
Start – 102.5 Regional Road 40
End – 10.3 Walters Falls
Direction – North
Weather – Hot and sunny 

Simon’s back! Hooray!
 

Sorry: this is one last quick post to complete the record. More details and photos coming very soon, I promise!

 

Monday, 25 May 2015

Hike #59 May 25, 2015 Big Head River


Hike #59
Date – May 25, 2015
Location – Map 29 Big Head River
Distance – 19.4
Total Trail Distance – 822.1 (71.9 to go)
Hikers – Dean, Marlene, Benjamin and Steve
Start – 29.7 Bognor Marsh
End – 10.3 Walters Falls
Direction – South
Weather – Warm and sunny 

This is our smallest group EVER. We are glad to be nearing completion but sad to be losing some interest. Simon, we miss you!

Sorry: this is another a quick post to complete the record. More details and photos coming soon, I promise!
 
 

 

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Hike # 58 May 3, 2015 Epping & Blantyre


Hike #58
Date – May 3, 2015
Location – Maps 27 Epping and 28 Blantyre
Distance – 17.2
Total Trail Distance – 802.7 (91.3 to go)
Hikers – Dean, Marlene, Benjamin, Steve, Harold, Janette, Erik and Madeleine
Start – 85.3 Sideroad 13A
End – 102.5 Regional Road 40
Direction – North
Weather –  Warm and mostly sunny 

The red line on our map is almost gone! This is just a quick post to complete the record. More details and photos coming. Check back soon.
 
 

 

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Hike #57 April 19, 2015 Owen Sound Weekend Day 2

Hike #57
Date – April 19, 2015
Location – Maps 32 Inglis Falls and 33 Owen Sound West
Distance – 16.3
Total Trail Distance – 785.5 (108.5 to go)
Hikers – Dean, Marlene, Benjamin, Steve, Simon, Jacob, Harold, Janette and Madeleine
Start – 91.4 Grey Sauble Conservation Authority Headquarters
End – 107.7 Somers Street
Direction – North
Weather – Spring day, bright and cool – but warm when you’re hiking


This is day two of our spring hiking weekend and it’s another one of those hikes which makes it obvious why this is such a worthwhile endeavour. Sorting through the pictures (I took 475 of them!) there is so much that is typical escarpment – the trees, crevices, rocks and views – and it is beautiful and humbling and we still never tire of it.

Another good thing is that Madeleine is able to join us, driving up Sunday morning after a wedding.

As if hiking 16 kilometres wasn’t enough of a workout, just after Inglis Falls, Ben challenges Simon and Jacob to a race up a grass-covered hill, and then they slide back down on their butts.

Near the end, a sign warns that a stream bed (Maxwell Creek) might be difficult to cross in the spring because of high water, but it’s completely dry, so we spend some time enjoying the massive rocks, and the trees that have managed to grow on the barren ground.  

At Highway 21, we have to descend a steep wooden ladder to cross the road, and we are plunged into winter, greeted by a blanket of deep snow.

I sorted the 475 photos down to 130, but that’s still too many, so here are a few. Really, you should go and hike it yourself.