An Uneventful Day at Cape Croker

I am spending another weekend on the trails in hopes of getting ever closer to my goal of finishing the Bruce Trail. This weekend I am staying at Cape Croker campground, which apparently the trail just happens to go right through. This makes things a little easier when planning a hike.

Before I headed over to the campground I did the hike through the Bruce Caves Conservation area where I found many a little mushroom along my path. This is a very popular spot so if you decide to go, arrive early to make sure you get a spot to park. Most people seem to just stick around the short path to the caves, which is on a side trail rather than on the main trail itself. Even though I passed by the caves I decided to skip them and head to the main trail.

Mushroom

Mushroom

After the long hike I went over to the Cape Croker Campground to sign in and find myself a site to relax in for the rest of the day. Once I picked my site and paid for my one-nighter I went back to the site to get the tent up. That’s when I noticed something unexpected. When I mentioned earlier that the trail goes through the park little did I realize that I had picked a site that was right on the trail itself. Once I realized this I knew I had to get back on the trail and finish the section within the campground just for kicks.

Lakeside Boardwalk

Lakeside Boardwalk

Although I hadn’t planned to walk the trail again that day I decided it wouldn’t be so bad to an extra few kilometres. As I wandered down the road and onto a steep rocky path heading down to the beach it was then that I realized that my feet were not so happy about this change of plans. I pushed on thinking – oh it’s only 2 more kilometres, what could it hurt. Well hurt it did as I hiked along the boardwalk and then onto the road. My feet were unimpressed but I pushed on.

Beyond the Curve

Beyond the Curve

On the other side of the road, I hiked on a short distance before coming face to face with a steep cliff. That’s when I decided it was time to head back, make myself some dinner and more importantly rest those aching feet. There was no more hiking for me today. Plus I had a whole other day in front of me to hike.

To New York’s Caroga Lake

Today was the start of my week long solo road trip to Maine. It is going to be a mad adventure as I hit some great places in the New England area. I’ll be camping in New York, Massachusetts and a few places along Maine’s coast up to my final stop in Acadia. Tonight I’m doing a quick stop in Caroga Lake Campground just south of the Adrionacks.

Caroga Lake State Park

Caroga Lake State Park

Once I had the campsite set up and some dinner in my belly it was time to head out to the lake to get some shots as the light faded away.

Way Point

Way Point

After about an hour I wandered back to the campsite to wait for full dark before heading back to see if I could get some night shots.

The Big Dipper

The Big Dipper

Although you can see the stars, things were a little bright with all the homes across the small lake. Still it was fun to get out and enjoy a sky full of stars. Tomorrow I move on to my next campsite in Massachusetts.