We took a short break from hiking because of vacation time and the Ride for Heart but on our return just a few weeks later — everything was so much greener and in some cases, taller! It’s now the first weekend in June and we were anticipating lots of mosquitoes and black flies. Even the bug reports from the Weather Network were reporting high levels of these pests. Fortunately, luck has been on our side again and there were very few mosquitoes and black flies.
Soon after we started hiking, there were great encounters. Beautiful photo opportunities and mysterious crevices presented themselves. My friends and I agreed that it was unfortunate that time didn’t allow us to explore these crevices — I guess it will have to be a different adventure.
It was a pretty comfortable hike so far — not too hot and not cold either. What I really enjoyed most was the part this hike that took us through a narrow piece of land where electrical poles were set up. It’s sort of off the beaten path. Who goes around following the hydro poles and where the electrical lines lead? I assume that aside from hydro workers, there are very few that do, so this gives a small glimpse into their world.
A really peculiar thing that was occurring during the hike was our constant encounter with caterpillars — in fact a few of them fell on me. It must be that time of year but these critters were on every tree and leaf — some of them even hitched a ride on our pants. We found quite a few of them clumped together on trees too. I’m not sure why this was the case but I’m sure birds and other animals would see this as if it were an all-you-can-eat buffet!
We’ve been talking about tackling the Bruce Trail with an overnight or multi-day trek — but I’ve rarely seen a decent campsite — until this hike. Actually this hike had one of the most appealing campsites I’ve encountered on the trail. River running along the side with lots of shade and quite spacious too. The green ferns on the ground made the area feel quite tranquil.
Similar to our previous hike, there was a lot of uphill climbing and crevices. In fact, we were stopped by some fellow hikers who suggested we venture into some of them.
We also noticed along this part of the trail as we cut through Pretty River Provincial Park, that there were quite a few people mountain biking. It’s a pretty tough section of the trail to mountain bike on so I was pretty impressed but sometimes it is startling to suddenly have cyclists rushing downhill with their dogs running after them.
As we were nearing the last few kilometres of our hike, this last bit was actually quite rocky and challenging. This was actually quite fun although due to the characteristics of this natural environment — it felt quite damp and humid. My friend commented that this may have been a newer section of the trail but either way, the best way to describe it would be that it’s a bit of “rock scrambling”.
I enjoyed this hike despite the slightly muggy weather and we had the good fortune of experiencing very few mosquitoes and black flies. I hope the next hike will be just as bug free! We were also lucky in that it only started raining when we were heading back to Toronto — after stopping by Barrie for some Thai food. The Thai food there was so-so. Unfortunately, we were having some problems finding places to eat so note to self: plan out the post-hike restaurant before hand!
Check out the full gallery from this hike here.