Mr F and I were in Canada last week.
On Labor Day Monday we hiked on the Bruce Trail.
The Bruce Trail:
- is a hiking trail in southern and central Ontario
- is Canada’s oldest and longest continuous footpath
- is about 840 km long, though it can vary from year to year as more trail is added, or trail is moved to different routes.
- If you hiked eight hours a day (about 30km) it would take 30 days to complete the Trail End-to-End.
We hiked eleven kilometers of the Duncan Crevice Caves section.
You may think a hike is a hike is a hike, but hiking in Ontario is very different from the drier Southern California landscape.
The route led us over several stiles (ladders set against the barbed wire fences) which I’ve climbed over in England, but never in the Los Angeles area, possibly because the paths don’t go through farmer’s fields over here in California.
The trees were dramatically different
The wildflowers were small and brightly colored (I’d be glad if someone can identify them for me…)
A Sumach bush. The red fruits are high in Vitamin C.
I’ve never seen so many mushrooms. Several varieties grew on tree trunks
… and some on the ground….
Don’t worry, we only photographed them. Unless I’m hiking with someone who really, completely totally understands and knows mushrooms, I walk by them.
What is this?
The path crossed a few streams
then steeper, and covered with loose rocks which is hard to walk on,
…. some rock climbers
and huge old trees.
A gift on the path …
An interesting co-incidence, Sue Kenney with whom I walked with on the Camino, is going to hike the entire Bruce Trail – barefoot – starting tomorrow, “to raise awareness for the Vision One Walk, her new foundation, ‘which is going to pay artists to walk’ “.
After conducting some casual research, I found out that most artists were inspired through walking.
A story in Ripley’s Believe it or Not explains how Beethoven was once commissioned by three Austrian noblemen to write music. Instead of paying him for the composition, they paid him money to walk every day from sunrise until noon because they knew if he walked, he would create a masterpiece.
I think it’s a great idea. I’m always inspired, and write the best stuff, after I’ve gone on a walk.