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No longer “fair weather” hikers

June 7, 2015

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We are no longer calling ourselves “fair weather” hikers.  On Friday we hiked through a what might be called a “medium downpour”.  When we started hiking just after noon, the day was hot, humid and overcast.  We had heard there was a chance of rain, but thought it might be later in the evening.  We were wrong.  When we stopped for lunch there was a slight mist that stopped again.  But about 3 hours into the hike it started to rain.  Not too bad at first but then it got a bit harder.  We didn’t entirely stop hiking until there was a place where we could stay under the cover of a large tree and be a bit protected or step out into the grassy pasture section and be in the downpour.  I knew it was a bit in my head that it wasn’t raining as hard under the tree, but staying there made me feel a bit better.  Luckily in total the rain only last maybe 20 minutes.  And given the heat and humidity when we started, one could have almost called it refreshing.   However, the part of us that wasn’t excited about hiking in the rain, wasn’t speaking as positively at the time.  Even after it stopped raining it was fogging and overcast. The picture below doesn’t do it justice.  It felt like we were near the coast in the fog.  Neither one of us got a photo of the wind turbines, but the fog and clouds were low enough that when the turbines were spinning you couldn’t see the top one.

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On Friday before the rain, we came across our first ever “Bruce Trail” book to sign.  Maybe there are more, maybe there aren’t.  As we do the entire trail I guess we will find out.  It’s easy to loose track of where you were when you saw particular things, so I’m not entirely sure where book was.  But inside the box (see top photo) there was a book and a bag of pencils. We signed our names.  I’m sure you have lots of questions about the book, such as what had other people written?, how long had it been there?, did it say who started it?  I have those questions too.  However, that was one of the ‘buggiest” spots of our two days of hiking and we really weren’t inspired to linger and get the answers to all these things.   But as we hiked on, we decided that our friends Tricia and Chris, whose house backs onto the Bruce Trail in another part of the province, should create a similar box and book.  We think they should also find a way to provide candies (e.g., werthers) for hikers as they go by.

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This trip was the first time we have ever not parked at an officially marked parking spot on the Bruce Trail map.  And I’m happy to say this worked out okay.  One of our greatest fears, that gets talked about almost every time we hike is that our car won’t be at the end when we get there.  So given our unsanctioned parking plans, we now have signs to put on our dash just in case.

Friday night we stayed at a fantastic bed and breakfast in Creemore.  The owners were great, the shower water pressure left nothing to be desired, and we hope to stay there again when we do the next section of the trail.  It’s funny how after only staying in 2 different bed and breakfasts, we are quickly learning the etiquette and practices and also what type of accommodations we want at the end of the day.  And who doesn’t love having dinner at the pub in a town that has it’s own brewery.

Saturday was a perfect weather day for hiking.  The sun was shining and it wasn’t hot at all.  In fact, when we stopped hiking and sat in the shade I almost felt a chill.  The section we hiked on Saturday was relatively easy hiking.  In fact, we did 4 km in the first hour (our overall average, including stops is 20 minutes a km or 3 km/hr).  To be honest, both these approximately 12 km sections were relatively easy, including a bit of road hiking, some open spaces, and some lovely sections through the bush.  We were also happy that on Saturday when there was a section where they could of sent us climbing over rocks, the trail went beside them instead.  We have had times in the past when the trail went over crazy rock sections and this slows us down a lot.

In the Noisy River Provincial Park, we finally saw some people.  There was the man with his camera, the inter-generational gaggle (gaggle being their word, not ours) many of which did not have proper footwear which was bad since they were far from their car when we saw them, and the young couple looking for the waterfall.  The young couple passed us several times, and as of the last time we saw them they still hadn’t found a waterfall (we didn’t see one either).  This section had some places we were up on top of the rocks, avoiding the crevices, and could look out over the valley.  We like these moments where we feel confident that we truly are hiking the Niagara Escarpment.

At this point, we have hiked more kilometres in 2015 than we did in all of 2014.  Yesterday we finished page 20 in the book.  And perhaps even more significantly, we have now hiked the entire Dufferin Hi-lands section of the trail.  We are hikers!

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One Comment
  1. I think a Bruce Trail boc at Chri and Tricia’s would be an excellent idea and I think Russ could even build one ……don’t want anyone to feel left out!

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