Category Archives: Whirl-Wind Weekends

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! 

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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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.

Milo is sick…

…for awhile Milo has been having some issues.  Nothing that major, just sometimes he won’t start.  It started mid-summer…I took him to a garage in Lindsay.  They checked out everything and told me he was fine. And most days he was ok… he’d start ok… but then others he’d make noise but not not the final switch to start.  milo is sick 1_0013 Last Monday I had him checked out a garage here in Brampton… they gave him an oil change and again…everything checked out a-OK. Even though all last week he continued not to start…and started to stop making attempt noises—just the lights would come on.  But usually after a few tries he’d turn over.
Milo is sick_0012Fast forward today… I was visiting a friend and it didn’t start.  Luckily I have CAA…so called them and got towed back to Brampton.  Tomorrow I’ll talk to the garage again, and hopefully I’ll have some answers.  (But I’m almost 99% sure it’s a starter problem…. that’s just intermittent and hard to diagnose.)

Until then… glad this is the week my mum is visiting so I can use her car!

Ottawa’s Army Run

I just got back from a fantastic weekend in Ottawa. Jeka and I became friends through our blogs…and shared experiences of living in Nunavut. She lived in Kimmirut while I was living in Pangnirtung. She even did a guest post here on Sarah on the Road a few years ago.    We talked online often over the two years we lived in Nunavut and I got to ‘meet’ her in person the day she was flying south…in the Iqaluit airport.  I was so excited to see her again this weekend and hang out in person…where we didn’t have to use technology to talk.  army-run-ottawa_0016

Two years ago, she posted on Facebook all about doing the Army Run in Ottawa.   I was still in Nunavut–enjoying life and flying everywhere for business…but thought to myself, I wish I could do that…it looked really fun! Well fast forward 2 years…it was my turn! 

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Friday night we had an awesome girls night- (Chris was working a night shift…so it was just us girls!)… Dinner and a movie–we saw Bridget Jones Baby…it was so good, so many funny lines go see it!

After sleeping in a wee bit on Saturday we headed down to the city hall to pick up our race bibs and shirts.

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We checked out the Expo booths.. saw Vimy–the Invictus Games mascot! The next Invicutus Games will be held in Toronto September 2017.  army-run-ottawa_0001

We headed outside to check out the live music…and it started to pour! We didn’t let that stop us from having some fun….and have a little dancing in the rain. armyrun 18

Then we realized we might have to run in this weather the next day! army-run-ottawa_0015

…but we realized we wouldn’t melt…and once you are wet, you are wet! So might as well dance or even run in the rain!?

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My new running shirt… all shinny and pretty…ready for the morning! (I didn’t end up running in this though because with the long sleeves I would have melted.)

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After listening to the POURING rain, hearing the thunder…and dreading that it would continue until the morning…. I woke up to no rain! Which was the best gift of the day… army-run-ottawa_0009

…while waiting for the start what else does one do but take a few selfies! army-run-ottawa_0008 Lots of excitement from the start line… we were in the Red Coral and were the last to be let out onto the course! There were so many people on the sidelines cheering us along.  My race last fall that I ran on the Downsview Race Track-–which didn’t have the same feeling along the course…so that was a first for me… and a welcome surprise.

I was never more happy to cross the finish line… I was even happier to have finished it the fastest I have all summer during any of my practice runs. I really need to train a wee bit more consistently…now that Fall has brought some cooler temps!

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We went at our own pace for the 5km…so I was excited when I found my friends at the finish line so quickly! Well done for doing it even though you weren’t feeling 100%!

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This race was so much fun! Can’t wait to do the next year with you Jeka and Chris… it was such a fun weekend.  Now that we are living a road trip away—we totally need to meet up again…let me know if you want to come my way to explore Toronto!
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After the race we went down to the Market to have brunch…  Then we went next door to The Cupcake Lounge and then I picked up a Red Velvet Cupcake (which I think I’m going to eat tomorrow for breakfast!).  The perfect end to a fabulous weekend! Thanks so much for hosting me this weekend Jeka it was fantastic. army-run-ottawa_0010

Coming home was another story…had an extra 2 + hours added to my trip because of an accident.  It seemed like I just got onto the 401… and all the traffic stopped around 2:30pm. There was a really bad accident... and for the first time ever—I was standing on the side of the highway…and joined everyone  as they got out of their cars, and tried to see what was going on. We watched the fire trucks, ambulances and police cars arrive on scene…and eventually the other side of the highway traffic stopped as well. After waiting about 45mins… the police came back to the front of the cars and started turning them around… so we could back track on the highway and get to a spot where we could cross to the other side.

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This just reminded me about how you need to live for each moment…because you never know what is going to happen next. You need to live life today, because  yesterday is gone and tomorrow is never promised.

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