December 6, 2015
Most definitely I am counting our day at the zoo as Hike #15! We trekked along at least 10 kilometers to see animals that were somewhat awake and coherent. Sometimes going in the winter months means seeing the animals up and active as they aren’t as fatigued as during the summer. Also a plus, there aren’t nearly as many people and kids wandering around and screaming (but there’s always one…even on this day. Sigh.)
I didn’t realize quite how many turtles were at the Toronto Zoo… I’m sure we saw at least 10 different species! Welcome to the Turtle Zoo! 🙂
Cyprus Lake Trail/Grotto/Indian Head Cove/Bruce Trail
Bruce Peninsula National Park (Tobermory, Ontario)
December 2, 2015
An adventurous day driving up to the Bruce Peninsula National Park!
My boyfriend had never been up north that way, so we decided to take advantage of our previous plans and head up! (We were originally going to meet up with a walking group in Wiarton, but traffic on the 401WB expressway was backed up two hours… ugh!)
The BPNP is one of my absolute favourite places to hike and to just be. The trails are clearly marked, the air is fresh, there are trees and trees and trees, and the views along the cliffs of Georgian Bay are just simply amazing. I could never get bored of this area.
Being December, we didn’t have a whole lot of daylight to use, but we sure had almost the entire park to ourselves – at least, along where we hiked.
I kept my bear bell on most of the time we were on the trails. You just never know, especially when I saw quite large tracks in the mud. (They turned out to belong to a Beethoven dog – that was a relief! I’m going to look into learning more about what tracks belong to what animals now…) 🙂
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!
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!