Hamilton Waterfalls Hike

This morning I got up early and headed to Hamilton.  I had plans to meet up with the “Take a HIKE” Caledon Ladies Hiking and Meet Up Group.  The plan was to hike a 9km loop on the Bruce Trail, Robert MacLaren Side Trail and the Iroquoia Heights Side Trail and to see a bunch of waterfalls.  However, the waterfalls were just a trickle or all dried up (wrong time of year) but that didn’t stop the fun we had hiking! hamilton-hike_0015

Here’s everyone from our hike today…minus me!  Today the group invited their partners to join the hike…

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We started at Cliffview Park and went down the stairs…(lucky for us we didn’t have to come back up these stairs…). But we did see lots of people doing circuits up and down the stairs… what a workout!
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Below is a little make of our adventure.. (my app tracker said we did 8.38kms…but others in our group said we did more like 8.45-9kms).  All in all it was an awesome 2 hours…and didn’t seem that long at all. hamilton-hike_0002

The first surprise of the day was a runner coming towards us and saying “there’s a bear up there”…so what do we do? Walk faster towards what we think is a bear…(I’m thinking it can’t hurt us that much after all it’s not a polar bear.) Someone in the group kept saying “if it’s a bear why are we going closer?”… To our surprise it wasn’t a bear…something even cooler…a deer!! Faster than a blink the two doe ran across the path… and the buck stayed high on the trail.  hamilton-hike_0003There was one spot that was filled with Inuksuks… I can’t believe that it’s November 13th, because the weather was so awesome, sunny and warm perfect for a hike.
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…even though most of the leaves had fallen…it still was a gorgeous walk! hamilton-hike_0005

We did see this cool photo of all the cool waterfalls… I need to visit next spring when there’s water running.
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As we were hiking it was a wee bit weird… here we were in nature but all we could hear was the cars from the highway. It was weird to be in such a beautiful nature spot…but having the city so close.
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…this was my first time hiking on the Bruce Trail-–it was so well marked (see the white marks on the trees)…and there were so many other people out enjoying the day.

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“I dressed and went for a walk – determined not to return until
I took in what Nature had to offer.”-   Raymond Carver, This Morning

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It was fun chatting with new people along the trail–this was much easier in the daylight and our trail was easier to walk two-by-two…and just jump the side for a biker or runner to pass.
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Princess Waterfalls still had a bit of water…but just a trickle. hamilton-hike_0010

Thanks for snapping this photo of me Mira!!!

You need to keep your eyes open for roots on the trail… just like in life, they can be hidden under leaves and if you aren’t watching can trip you up!
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…I really wish I had stopped and gotten someone to take a shot of me along this ‘road’! hamilton-hike_0014

When hiking remember to take the time not only to look down for roots and rocks, but also up… you might see something worth it.

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This trail today had a gorgeous view of Hamilton! hamilton-hike_0029

Sometimes you need to take a bike ride with your dog in your backpack!
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The kid in me couldn’t pass up a fun photo shoot of throwing leaves…I made everyone stop and throw leaves all over the place! hamilton-hike_0023

I think it was worth getting covered in leaves….and them stuck in our hair! hamilton-hike_0027

“It’s all still there in heart and soul. The walk, the hills, the sky, the solitary pain and pleasure–they will grow larger, sweeter, lovelier in the days and years to come.”
–   Edward Abbey

hamilton-hike_0026 …in the 2nd part of the hike along Scenic Drive…it was fun to also see some of the houses! (and a child care centre….wow! it would have been amazing to work there, with so much nature around!) One of the houses had this cool tree house—around an old tree trunk…perfect for late night dinners and watching the sunset.
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At times you could see the traffic as well as hear it! hamilton-hike_0017

It was awesome that others offered to snap shots of the group as we hiked!
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…it was great way to spend a Sunday morning!  I’m glad I found this group on Facebook and actually went out to join them on a hike…not sure how many more will happen before winter…but looking forward to joining in the next one.

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Mira also blogged some of her amazing photos from our hike…on her blog, Lifeology 101…go check it out! 

What’s Not to Hike?

Tuesday evening I drove over to Caledon to go to a book signing and talk.  Nicola Ross shared some photos and stories from a hiking trek she did in the Sierra Norte Mountains, Mexico earlier this year. It was so awesome to hear about her adventures… travelling and hiking in another country. Nicola is a born story teller, and I loved seeing her photos too.  But I must admit made my inner traveller starting thinking and dreaming of my next adventure outside where I leave the country! booking-signing-1

The awesome reason for the evening was a book signing of Nicola’s new book Halton Hikes “Loops and Lattes”.  I picked up a copy of it as well as her Caledon Hikes “Loops and Lattes” as well.

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It was a really fun night…and nice to see some of the ladies I hiked with the week before. I can’t wait to start exploring the area a wee bit more…these books should help! Any of my friends in the area let me know if you’d like to go for a hike at some point.

Happy Birthday John…

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Happy Birthday to you…
HappyBIRTHDAY to YOU!
HaPpY BiRtHdAy Dear John…
Happy Birthday to you!!!!

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Despite all our quarrels and fights I confess that having you as my brother,
is a very comforting feeling like no other.
Happy birthday.
Hope you are having a great time on your special day…
Sending you heaps of love, Sarah

PS. I need to take a more up-to-date-photo of you!!!

Wordless Wednesday LXXIV: Unwanted Visitor!

Raccoon Visitor

Have to tell the story around this photo:

The other night…I came home from work around 11pm and this little guy was sitting at my back door. (I have a basement apartment and this raccoon was sitting at the bottom of the stairs–the only entrance to my apartment.) I must admit I screamed… when I saw it! Partly because the motion light didn’t come on ’til I was 1/2 way down the stairs…and it was dark (there are no lights along the side of my house!) I ran back to my car…at the front of the house… and waited.  The light went off… and then about 10mins later the light came on… and then ended up crawling slowly up the stairs then climbed the fence and sat on the top. I started clapping my hands and it went over the fence…I ran to my back door so fast and got safely inside.  (I HATE raccoons!)

Happy Halloween

This past weekend I had a blast in London, Ontario.  Every year my friend Jen throws a fantastic Halloween party the Saturday before Halloween.  This was the third year I was able to go…and was excited to visit Jen, her husband and girls! halloween-fun_0001

This year I decided to go as a Wind-Up Doll…I must admit I LOVE this costume.

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Jen wore these creepy contacts as part of her costume… halloween-fun_0010

Thanks for hosting a great party Jen…you are a fantastic friend!
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On the left there is: Barrel, Lock, Ghost vampire Elsa, Anna and on the right there is: a Wind-Up Doll…

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…just hanging out on the driveway! Such awesome weather for the party… halloween-fun_0013 halloween-fun_0015

…had to take some time to do some selfies with the costume!

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…had to sort out my camera’s flash and settings! (Apparently I had it all messed up—but eventually it was sorted so Jen took this photo of me…) halloween-fun_0014

And then Julie grabbed my camera to snap us taking a selfie… (iphone photo in top right corner)…thanks Julie! 🙂 halloween-fun_0009

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…there were so many cute kids at the party!
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There were kid games… like bobbing apples and eating donuts off a string…and there were some adult games too like shots of tequila! halloween-fun_0006

…first time putting on flash lashes, nailed it! Loved my take-a-way chip bag monster…
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Tonight I had to teach…because of the way the weeks worked it was a midterm…so I brought a wee bit of halloween magic… ie) candy for my students!

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