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

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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…

Hike #21 – Sandy Hills Trail

January 25, 2016
Hike #21
Sandy Hills Trail
Elmira, Ontario

My first night hike for my challenge! A friend of mine (who is also part of the 52 Hike Challenge) invited me along for this group event in Elmira, part of Woolwich Township. It was their first official night hike as well, and included a couple stops during the 2.5km hike through the woods. One of the stops was to be still, silent, flashlights off, and to hear nature at night. While I don’t mind listening to nature during daylight hikes, it’s a little more intense at night, in the dark. At least with a medium-sized group it wasn’t so bad.

Another stop introduced us to our sense of sight. Each person was given a recipe card and a crayon with the label removed. We had to guess what colour we had and write it on the card, again with all our lights out. I was sure mine was orange (it was black!)

The remainder of the hike was peaceful. It wasn’t too cold thankfully, and we were presented with hot apple cider back at the trailhead. My friend Kyle also received his hiking patch for completing 200km of trails in the Woolwich Township. I think he’s the first person to do it, too. Awesome!

Hike #19 – Dundurn Stairs & Chedoke Radial Trail

Hike #19
December 18, 2015
Dundurn Stairs/Chedoke Radial Trail/Bruce Trail
Hamilton, Ontario

I was browsing Instagram this morning and came across the Dundurn Stairs in Hamilton. Relatively close to Kitchener, why not?!

Hike #18 – Hilton Falls & Bruce Trail

Hike #18
December 13, 2015
Hilton Falls/Bruce Trail
Campbellville, Ontario

Years ago if friends of mine said they wanted to go out hiking, and I woke up to rainy, cold, grey skies, I would have immediately cancelled and gone back to sleep. Not anymore.

At Hilton Falls Conservation Area there are several trails to take. We decided as a group to hike the Hilton Falls loop, about 4.3km.
The inopportune weather actually for interesting photographs. I love the mist-fog hanging in the tree tops; the rain brightened the leaves and bark, strengthening the colours in the otherwise dull forest.

We fed chickadees along the way, too. There’s a section with several bird feeders hanging around; I didn’t even need seeds for a bird to land on my hand within thirty seconds!

The actual falls weren’t anything overly amazing. In the area, though, someone before us had started a fire in what looked like a welcoming community fire pit with benches all around. It smelled so wonderful and inviting!

Finding the trail back towards the parking lot entrance was a little more difficult than we all expected; in this conservation area, there are several trails going in all sorts of directions. Thankfully, I used the AllTrails app on my phone to lead us in the right direction! On that note, I need to get a real compass so as not to have to rely on a cellphone in the woods. 😉

It was a great hike and I’m definiely returning in the spring and summer and fall. Beautiful area.

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When I took up the challenge, I didn’t give myself enough faith to actually complete it. This was only 18/52, but I’m feeling great about reaching the end and really, truly completing the challenge. Not for some imaginary trophy but to actually say I Did It.
I’ve tried many different challenges without finishing them. Got close. But something “always” got in the way and I threw my arms up and fell on my face, figuratively speaking of course. This challenge feels different, something I need to do, for myself.

FitBit in my sock
lace up the Keen boots
pull on those base layers
fill up the hydration pack
oh, is the camera charged?
Just Go.

Hike #15 Toronto Zoo

Hike #15
Toronto Zoo
Toronto, Ontario
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! 🙂

Hike #11 Snyder’s Flats

Hike #11
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.

Hike #5 Mitchell Park & Ellis Creek Wetlands

Hike #5
Mitchell Park/Ellis Creek Wetlands, 2.5km
Guelph, Ontario

Short, sweet, and meaningful. A warm, sunny Wednesday afternoon on the edge of Guelph, Ontario. One section of trail ran through a small forest in a new residential area, and then I crossed the road and continued down the path, following the sign for the Ellis Creek Wetland. It went into a fork right away and I chose left. I hadn’t seen any published maps for this trail, so I just went with it.
Well, I didn’t get far. At the southwest end of the trail (map #2) there was a large sign indicating the trail was closed in order to preserve the wetlands. Apparently it was not an approved section of trail, anyways. Fair enough. I tracked back (and had forgotten to turn on my GPS tracker, so that’s a hand-drawn portion of track on map #2.) I went down the right side of the fork and wound through a bit more trail before reaching the end into another residential area.

It was a nice, easy trail. I stopped to take a few pictures of a baby garter snake, just sitting there in the sunshine.

A crossed paths with a few people out there, everyone saying hello, or smiling. There was only one person who didn’t smile, or say hello. I found it funny that it was the same person I saw deliberately walk into the wetland, past one of the “Trail Closed” signs.