Category Archives: Walk in the ‘hood

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.

Weekday Hike…

In May I was searching through Facebook one night and came across a group suggestion…it was a group of women that meet up and go for hikes. I thought to myself that sounded like a lot of fun, so I joined.  Then it didn’t work out with my work schedule to actually join a hike…and in the summer I was in Winnipeg and then in Lindsay.  Last week I saw that one of the hikes actually worked on a date and time I could attend….so I signed up. scotsdale-farm-_0002

The hike earlier this week was at Scotsdale Farm and had a 5:50 meet up–6pm start timing.  I got there right on time…paid my toonie and started to chat to some of the other women. Must admit felt a wee bit nervous…but trying new things is all about the butterflies and the unknowns.

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After all 19 of us were gathered…we started! It was a really cloudy night…and the air was crisp.  I was excited to get to wear one of my many winter hats…and felt ready to hit the trail. We did the 6km loop described here backwards…partly because we knew we would be ending the hike in the dark.  (oops! forgot my head lamp…good thing I have good night vision.)
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I started off the hike at the front of the pack…and had fun chatting with the women at the front…but then realized that I wouldn’t be able to stop and take photos as easy! scotsdale-farm-_0003

So I ended up at the back of the pack…bringing up the rear! Which was a-ok with me…

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Scotsdale Farm is such an awesome place…the property was bequeathed to the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 1982 by Stewart and Violet Bennett, owners of the farm for more than forty years. It’s left this awesome farm property and hiking trails that is open year round for people to hike, picnic and enjoy the outdoors. 

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Even though after the rain we had last week…the leaves were a wee bit past their peak but it was still gorgeous.  scotsdale-farm-_0008

The ground was littered with heaps of leaves…nothing like walking on a trail with the crunch of leaves under your feet. scotsdale-farm-_0009
“Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow”.
~Henry David Thoreau

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Even at the back of the group…I still had some great conversations with some of the other women. scotsdale-farm-_0012

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Half way through the hike it started to get darker an darker… scotsdale-farm-_0011

But the line of women had flashlights and some used their phones…. to help light up the trail! We also passed on messages…about ‘rocks’ under the leaves…in the rocky places so we wouldn’t trip. scotsdale-farm-_0014

The sky was so pretty…here the sun was just setting…but later the whole sky seemed to glow purple.
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Finally we ended back at the old farm…I need to go back in the daylight.  This was a really fun spot..and I can’t wait to go back and explore and take more photos. scotsdale-farm-_0016

One quick selfie with the help of my iPhone flashlight…all in all it was an awesome night! I had a lot of fun.  scotsdale-farm-_0017

Sometimes new things can be a good thing…and sometimes it only takes 6 months to join and move from a lurker online to a participant. Thanks for letting me join your hiking group.  I can’t wait to join for another hike in the future…and get to know more people as time goes on.

October Walks

This past weekend I went away to a Fall Retreat.  During Saturday afternoon there was some free time…before the scheduled ‘tea party’…I went off with two friends for a walk along the trails on the property. weekend-hike_0010

…the first time I came to Fair Havens I was in high school, and came with my youth group for a winter retreat in the winter! weekend-hike_0002

It was so much fun to walk and talk…and take some time to take photos…stopping along the trail.  weekend-hike_0001

It’s funny how a short walk…with my camera and me taking photos can make me feel so alive.  I really need to start adding this back into my life on a more regular basis. weekend-hike_0003

Always need to find me a RED maple leaf…Canadian at heart over here!

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We interrupted our hike and conversations…for a ‘selfie’ moment!

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“The true charm of pedestrianism does not lie in the walking, or in the scenery, but in the talking. The walking is good to time the movement of the tongue by, and to keep the blood and the brain stirred up and active; the scenery and the woodsy smells are good to bear in upon a man an unconscious and unobtrusive charm and solace to eye and soul and sense; but the supreme pleasure comes from the talk.” ~Mark Twain

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The colours and textures of the forest floor were so gorgeous… weekend-hike_0006

Just a wee bit of fungus on that tree stump….
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As we wandered past the camping spots and trailers that are on the property…we passed one trailer that had so MANY rocks…ALL over the picnic table…and lined up in plastic boxes all over the deck.  They had such an awesome rock collection—and I only snapped a few photos of it! weekend-hike_0008

It felt so good to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air…October is an awesome month because fall has arrived.

…a walk to the store!

The weather here in Pang this week has been sunny and clear, but winter is definitely here.  Today I got all my gear on and walked down to the store to get some groceries.  Felt so good to be home.  There was a lot of excitement happening at the beach…narwhals were in Cumberland Sound and by the end of the evening there was lots of fresh mattaq for everyone!

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Even though it’s getting colder and the days are getting shorter… life in the Arctic is still pretty sweet!

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Happy Saturday everyone!

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