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.

Claireville All Iced Up

There was another ice storm that rolled through the area last night so I went out today to explore this new crystalline world at Claireville Conservation Area. 

Claireville Entrance

Claireville Entrance

Walking down the main road there was a grey world looking back at me. On a sunny day it would have been a blinding, glittery Swarovski land but today it was a bleak, washed out one instead.

Lonely Road

Lonely Road

Going off on the smaller trails I felt like I was walking through a brittle world ready to collapse at my touch. Crunching my way through it was a little eerie at times.

Icy Trail

Icy Trail

I love when days like this happen. You get a better idea of how fragile the world can be and how beautiful it can be at the same time. It’s hard to do it justice in a photograph.