REI started it.
Lots of people are going to be outside instead of cramming themselves in shopping centres for Black Friday.
I have the day off from work so, I, too will be outside. Hiking, most likely. Workin’ on that 52 Hike Challenge!
Snyder’s Flats, Bloomingdale, Ontario
I decided to tackle this little well-known area again, and this time as part of my challenge.
A little under 3km in the mix of sunshine and clouds… ever rolling clouds, threatening to dump more snow (they didn’t!)
A friend of mine took this trail about a week ago and was greeted with “No Trespassing” signs, taped-off trails, and a detour map. Apparently, the sand and gravel company has taken over parts of this land and closed a large section of the trail. However, I didn’t encounter any taped-off areas, or evidence of such tape. I’m glad I was able to take this trail in case it does get shut down permanently; it’s such a nice area, too, and I wasn’t the only one out there. I passed quite a few people, and lots of dog companions!
I wish I had a hiking dog.
Blair Trail, Cambridge
Super short trail today – shorter than I expected! It was sunny with a chilly wind blowing around.
There was a tiny red bridge over a creek that was feeding into the Grand River. A little pop of colour in amongst all the brown leaves 🙂
Bechtel Park, Waterloo
I had to bundle up for this hike. It started out a bit rainy, and then the sun came out for a short while. I broke in my new Keen Koven Polar boots on this trail! They are so comfortable, and waterproof, and lined for winter 🙂 I’m just a little bit excited for the snow hikes now!
This trail was a little shortened due to construction in the area, but I’m looking forward to going back. There were more paths to take that went a bit farther!
I passed a sign near the end of this trail that stated I was sharing the woods with coyotes and foxes. While I’m not entirely scared of these creatures, I’m still glad I saw the sign near the end. Bears are what really instill fear in me when it comes to hiking alone!
November 5, 2015
Huron Natural Area, Kitchener
I had one day off this week. I took advantage of the unusually beautiful November weather (it was 23 degrees Celsius, what!) The skies were mostly clear, the sun was as high as it could be, with barely a breeze blowing by. The air wasn’t anything like the summer air; this was different, and although it was warm, it still held a crispness to it.
I used to hike along a very small portion of this trail years ago and decided to tackle it with my two free hours. I covered approximately 3.7 kilometers in just under two hours… I stop too frequently to capture photos!
One section of the trail was in a boggy swamp area, with felled logs to cross it. As I got closer to the makeshift bridge, there were animal prints in the mud… they looked a bit large to belong to a dog, and it was then I realized I hadn’t seen anyone else in the area for awhile. I picked up a stick for safety (there have been cougar sightings in Kitchener before, so I wasn’t going to take any chances…)
Without falling into the bog, I made it across the logs and landed safely on solid, dry ground again, and I was met by two girls looking for the actual trail. The other side of the swamp didn’t have a direct “trail” look to it, so thankfully my phone’s GPS came in handy 🙂
Along one of the side trails, mountain biker went ahead of me and stirred up the leaves. It released a true-to-autumn fragrance which made me want to grab a mug of hot apple cider!
I captured this image on the Clingmans Dome Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee in September 2014.
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” Susan Sontag
I stepped foot on the Appalachian Trail! Hiking this trail is on my bucket list of hikes. Maybe not all of it, but a good section would be great to accomplish.