The Bear Den Trail

I’m out hiking again with my friend Nigel and this time we are in Guelph hiking the Bear Den Trail. Nigel found out about this trail from the Loops & Lattes: Caledon Hikes book. It’s supposed to have some wacky Alice in Wonderland type boardwalk but first we have to hike most of the the 6.6 kilometre trail until we find it. I am a little curious to see what else we find along this trail.

Beware of Poison Ivy

Beware of Poison Ivy

This is the only trail I’ve been on that has a sign warning people to beware the poison ivy. Is it going to jump out an attack us? Is it going to creep along the ground and reach out with its roots to infect us with its poison? LOL Absolutely love it.

Rock Wall

Rock Wall

We came across some small stone walls during our hike. I found out later that these were built by early pioneers who farmed this land. The trail was pretty easy to hike with a lot of flat areas but we got a little confused when we ended up at the scout camp and had to turn around. We did find the right path pretty quickly after that. Have you noticed that we seem to be having a lot of navigation issues lately?

Crooked Path

Crooked Path

Towards the end of the hike we finally came across the weird and wacky boardwalk we had read about. This “whimsical” boardwalk (as described in the book) zig zagged here and there with no rhyme or reason.  It even went “through” a tree. Very strange and fun to navigate, especially since it was a little slippery.

End of the Trail

End of the Trail

Coming off the boardwalk we turned onto the last stretch of the path before we were back at the start of this loop. Another fun trail to check out just watch out for times when it might be slippery – that boardwalk could be dangerous!

A Trip to Terra Cotta

My friend Nigel and I headed out to Terra Cotta Conservation Area for a late fall hike. Our plan was to hike the Terra Cotta Loop (found in the Loops & Lattes – Caledon Hikes book) a 6-kilometre trail that follows the perimeter of the park. We did have some snow recently as well so we were hiking on some slushy paths.

Snowy Terra Cotta CA

Snowy Terra Cotta CA

The photo above is the only one I really liked from this hike. For most of the hike we were concentrating on figuring out where the heck we were. After a wrong turn and a back track we did finally find our way back to the start but I have a feeling that we may not have followed the path from the book exactly. Either way we had a good time even with our little adventure..

Elora Gorge

At work we are given our birthday day off as an added bonus to our regular vacation days. For my day off this year I decided to take a drive out to the town of Elora to do some hiking. Running through Elora is the Grand River which has carved out a magnificent gorge. To get to the bottom the gorge I had to do a short hike along a trail to a staircase.

Elora Trail

Elora Trail

It was the perfect fall day out with nice warm temperatures and sun making the leaves glow as I walked along the trail. It didn’t take long before I found the staircase to get down to the bottom of the gorge.

The Staircase

The Staircase

It was going to be a bit of a bitch to get back up this staircase. Luckily I didn’t have to worry about that just yet – I still had some exploring to do in the gorge before I was going to need to climb back up these crazy steps.

David Street Bridge

David Street Bridge

Down in the gorge I had a great view of the David Street bridge. Thinking back I wish I had checked out the view from the top of the bridge too. I guess I’ll have to save that for my next visit here.

Elora

Elora

Before I left Elora, after some much needed shopping therapy, I decided to get one last shot of the city from across the river. Elora has always been one of my favourite places to visit and I love coming back here in the different seasons. I hope to be back here again soon.

Back on the Bruce

I’m back in Tobermory for my annual fall solo trip. I’m here a little later than usual (Because of my trip to Lisbon) and it looks to be a really nice weekend for some hikes along the Bruce. I’m only here for two nights so I’m limited to only one major hike and that’s today. So off I go to cover a little bit more ground on the Bruce Trail.

Leaves and Trees

Leaves and Trees

Hiking out to the Bruce Trail from the campsite I had a choice to make. Right or Left? I’ve hiked the trail to the left so I today I’m heading to the right to head south toward Stormhaven. Such an ominous name for a backcountry camping area. At least that’s all I think it is. 😉

Which way

Which way

The plan was to hike past Stormhaven and take a break at Halfway Dump Side trail before heading back to the campsite. That would put my hike at just over 11km. 

View From the Bruce Trail Cliffs

View From the Bruce Trail Cliffs

The Bruce Peninsula always has epic views that go on for miles and this section has so many opportunities to appreciate those views, over and over again. Of course we can’t forget the little things that reside here in the forest – the mighty mushroom! 😀

Forest floor

Forest floor

After my hike and filled up on a hearty dinner I started thinking that I needed to get some night shots before I left for the weekend. With my campsite so close to the lake I got my photo gear together and hiked out to a spot that gave me the best view of the Milky Way.

Reflections of the NIght Sky

Reflections of the Night Sky

It was a beautiful clear night and the Milky Way shone with all her glory. It’s so crazy that we have such amazing views from the earth out into the Universe and so many people don’t get a chance to experience it because they live in a light polluting city. I could stay here forever just looking up into the night sky.

Caledon Trailway

On the way home from my accountant’s place I stopped for a quick walk in Caledon on the Caledon Trailway.

Caledon Trailway

Caledon Trailway

Since it is still spring and the plants are slowly coming back this was the best view along the trail with all the evergreens.