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Stand Tall and Face the Sun

Last night Katie and I went to meet up with Take a HIKE Caledon Ladies Hiking Group. Last week Mira organized a hike at Campbell’s Cross farm in their sunflower fields to help fundraise money to place a bench on the Caledon Trailway “The Great Trail” in memory of Karolina, Klara, Lilianna, and Mila Ciasullo.

Photo Credit: Darcy-Rea Theriault

Together with Campbell’s Cross Farm, the Take a Hike Caledon Ladies Group and Mom and Daughter Yoga with Bella and Anna raised a total of $1855.00.

The hike was sold out within hours and 45 members of the Take a HIKE Crew plus their families joined. (As normal Katie and our crew brought up the rear…stopping to take photos amongst the flowers while the rest of the group marched on!)

Together with the Town of Caledon and Glen Echo Nurseries the bench and plaque will now be ordered and the bench will be placed in a spot favoured by Karolina. Thank you so much Mira for organizing this hike plus the bench to be placed on the trail.

As we socially distanced and waited for everyone to join Katie go to check out the chickens…she was mighty comfy and didn’t want to leave this spot, but sunflowers awaited!

The sun was just started to set and it was a perfect August evening. We met up at 6pm… to take this little hike. I’ve been so thankful that on our adventures this summer Darcy has been able to capture some special memories of Katie and I.

Photo Credit: Darcy-Rea Theriault

Sometimes you just need go on a sunflower hike and dance in the field.

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.” — Helen Keller

Photo credit: Darcy-Rea Theriault

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”
Martha Graham

“The job of feets is walking, but their hobby is dancing.”
Amit Kalantri

“Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Thank you Mira so much for capturing the next three images…it was nice to see you. I’ve missed doing hikes, but totally understand how they have been postponed because of COVID.

Photo Credit: Mira Dimovski Budd
Photo Credit: Mira Dimovski Budd
Photo Credit: Mira Dimovski Budd

It was the end to a great day!

Thank you Campbell’s Cross Farm for opening up your Sunflower Fields to us last night! If you are local they are still open to go see them until August 19th… *you have a few days! (check out their website for details).

Waiting for Baby Boy…

I first met Michelle about 14 years ago in the fall of 2006. I was a youth group leader at my church in Toronto and Michelle was in Grade 10. In 2009 I left the province to work in Nunavut but over the years we have kept in touch via social media. When She and Mike announced their pregnancy I was so excited for them. We have started chatting more in the last few months via social media. Last night we met up to take some photos-because of COVID I kept my distance…but it was such a nice night to walk and talk with Michelle and Mike.

‘Life’s biggest miracle is the gift of having life growing inside of you.’

Michelle was such a trouper Mike and I had her walking over rocks…and into field over holes to capture some of these photos!

I am so excited to meet your baby boy this October!!!

‘The love for your baby really is like no other. It fills places in your heart that you never even knew were empty.’

The countdown is on…but take time to enjoy these days ahead just the two of you.

Michelle you are radiant…pregnancy really looks great on you! It was lovely to get to know Mike a bit better. I am so excited for both of you as you embark on life’s biggest adventure…parenthood! Thanks for letting me capture this moment in time for you. Wishing you all the best today & always.

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! 

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

Winter is coming… scotsdale-farm-_0013

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.