Homemade Trail Mix

Experimenting with #homemade #trailmix…mmm

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Just something I thought I should make for myself!
A friend and I are heading out tomorrow to kayak in Burlington Bay. We’re starting early so a good breakfast at home to start, this trail mix, and lunch after should suffice.

My trial trail recipe!

In a Ziploc bag, 1/3 cup each:
Pumpkin seeds, roasted and unsalted
Cashews, unsalted
Dried cranberries
Banana chips, sweetened (I wish they weren’t, but next time…)
Pepperoni bites, honey garlic flavour
Hemp seeds
Almonds
Carob chips
Corn nuts, roasted and unsalted
Dried coconut
Waffle pretzels

Hike #26 – Hydrocut

Hike #26 – Halfway!
Hydrocut, Kitchener/Wilmot
04-March-2016

I love the silence of nature.

I also love this space; the Hydrocut has been on my wishlist for awhile! I checked out their website (www.hydrocut.ca) and saw the available trails and parking areas. It’s mostly for mountain biking, but the multi-use trail is excellent for the rest of us on foot, horse, or bike.

I will definitely have to revisit this place in the summer.

Hike #25 – Bruce Trail/Dufferin Quarry

Hike #25
Bruce Trail/Dufferin Quarry Bridge
Milton, Ontario
28-February-2016

I woke up today with my leg still aching, but a few quick stretches later I was ready to get going. The weather was unbelieveable: 14 degrees Celsius in FEBRUARY?! I couldn’t resist.

I picked up my Bruce Trail guidebook and planned out where to go.

There’s a gap in the escarpment in Milton, and I wanted to explore it. Turns out there’s a quarry in there, with a bridge that keeps the Bruce Trail connected.

I headed out with all my gear and found parking along Dublin Road. The trailhead was where it seemed like private property, but all the trails online showed this to be an entrance, so away I went.

I’m glad I had my icers on, as it was uphill for almost a kilometre until I reached the white blazes of the Bruce Trail. At the top I met a couple coming from the direction I was heading into, and asked if there was ice along the trail. They said no, but I quickly realized that was not the case. Back on the icers went; there were a few crevices with ice around them that I didn’t want to risk anything preventable happening. I don’t want to be “that hiker” in the next news article.

A majority of this hike I was alone with no one else in sight. I know, this is also a huge safety risk that I’m told over and over. I can’t help it. I like hiking alone, and generally just being alone. It’s nice to have company sometimes, but if your hike mates aren’t going the same pace it kind of defeats the purpose. Plus, I stop and just breathe it all in or take photos frequently. None of this is a race to me. I’m out there to be out there in nature. I don’t know how else to describe it. Thinking, appreciating, being.

I could smell skunks that I likely scared while trekking along that rocky, muddy trail. It was nearer the end when I passed more couples, and dogs, enjoying the unusual February warmth.

At the completion, I emerged from a hole in the wall -literally- onto a narrow shoulder along Sixth Line Nassagaweya, covered in mud and hungry for the barbecue we were going to afterwards!

Bruce Trail Membership

It’s all official now – my Bruce Trail membership arrived today! And with a new patch!

As a trail I grew up trekking on every summer, it’s about damn time I gave back monetarily and by hand – physically improving it. I’m looking forward to it!

I should find those old, old photos of my early hiking days…

I’ve been slacking with my hiking challenge, but I haven’t given up. Life just gets in the way, like sickness, and terrible weather, and… Now I’m just making excuses.

At my current job I have the ability to listen to music or podcasts, or my more recent muse – audio books. I signed up with the Amazon company Audible.com and got a free book. I saw this title (A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson) at the local bookstore and thought it might be a good first choice. Well, almost 10 hours of listening and I finished it today. Bill wrote about his experience on the Appalachian Trail, or “AT”, with a long lost friend. Hearing his descriptions of nature and peacefulness, (blended in of course with complaints of heavy packs and blistered feet), makes me desperate to get back outside and on a trail. Any trail. Trails with more substance.
In short, it was a great book and a great intro to audio books. I have one more credit with Audible, but I’m not sure what to get next!

Hike #23 – Crane Park

Hike #23

Crane Park

Guelph, Ontario

January 29, 2016

Sunny, sunny, sunny day… was incredibly deceiving! It was -10C but -17C with the windchill. Just have to dress warm and get out there, which I did.

I was actually looking for another trail when I found Crane Park. Parking for one of the entrances to the Niska Trail was signed “NO PARKING; Snowplow Turnaround” only; I guess I’ll have to try again in the spring 🙂

The trees in the forested part I walked through… just cracked so loudly I was sure with just one gust they were going to collapse down onto me. In this video you can also hear the baby squirrels squawking 🙂

Crane Park is a leash-free area, and it made me (again) wish I had a hiking dog. One day:)