Date – September 26, 2010
Location – Map 2 St. Catharines
Distance – 11.1 km
Hikers – Dean, Marlene, Benjamin, Steve, Elza, Simon, Robyn and Jacob
Start – 5.1 (Niagara)
End – 16.2 (Niagara)
Direction – West (or North)
Weather – Sunny with cloudy periods, high 17°
Details – We meet the Folkerts where we left off last week, but they have dropped a vehicle at the west parking lot of Woodend Conservation Area, so we are able to hike in one direction. Parts of the trail are deeply rutted by dirt bikes and ATVs, especially the re-routed section along the railroad tracks.
It is a lovely day and a lovely hike, and we are in places that we’ve never seen before. From some vantage points we can see Toronto. We like the pedestrian bridge over the QEW at Sand Plant Hill, but highway noise accompanies us for much of the hike.
The three boys hike ahead of us and it’s not until the end that we learn that they have hidden and are actually following us!