Hiking the Cup and Saucer Trail

The trail was great.  It was full of fallen trees.  This made for a great hike but it was also difficult because when holding a camera and trying to climb over some huge tree or ducking down, balance is a huge issue!  I got injured once during this trip.

Having started 2015, I took a look at my photographs from my first real hike in 2006.  Prior to that, my family and I went on numerous road trips across the United States.  These opportunities to see so many beautiful places led me to eventually yearn to photograph and hike deeper into the natural environment.  I knew I wasn’t ready but a friend from university years ago had told me about the Cup and Saucer Trail in Manitoulin Island and I figured it was the perfect opportunity to take my first step in learning how to camp and hike!

A great view of the escarpment.  It really shows how high you're going as you go up the Cup and Saucer trail.

The Cup and Saucer Trail provided a perfect and straight forward hike to some very beautiful views along the escarpment. I wanted to return for another visit in 2010 but the weather wasn’t co-operating. Perhaps in a year or so, I’ll get to take in the atmosphere of this beautiful island once again.

The Cup and Saucer Trail had many lookouts (or as I keep on saying, outlooks), this would be one of the great views of the eastern part of the island... i think.

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The Early Mornings of a Road Trip

It takes an incredible amount of energy for me to wake up on the average week day so it’s funny how I always find it extremely easy to wake up early when travelling, or starting an exciting road trip.  The advantage to waking up early in the morning are the opportunities to enjoy an experience that one rarely has the time to take in.
When I was in Boston, I would wake up at 3am in the morning, hop in a Zipcar and drive out to Provincetown.  I managed to avoid the traffic, enjoy a very peaceful and scenic drive that would normally be a pretty typical busy-sort-of-traffic road trip.  Having driven out to Provincetown early in the morning, I also had the opportunity to photograph and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the town before all the tourists woke up or arrived in town.

On the way to Manitoulin Island early in the morning

About 8 years ago (wow…) a handful of friends and I took on a long-weekend road trip from Toronto up to Manitoulin Island.  Being super excited I did not get a whole lot of sleep, my friend and I were awake waiting for another friend (the driver) to pick us up before we rendezvoused with another group of friends in a second car.

This predated the GPS era (although I did end up getting a GPS after this trip) so we were relying on the traditional map and a couple of short range walkie talkies.  We met up at a Tim Hortons and set off to catch the ferry from Tobermory to Manitoulin Island.  I remember unfortunately losing the hold your bladder game along the way to Tobermory (albeit, it was unfair since the others did make a visit to the bathroom earlier on whereas I did not).  It was a fun trip up but one of the most memorable points of the early drive was the sunrise.

We parked on the side of the road and stood around in the chilly brisk morning air watching the sky get brighter.  Everyone except one friend who didn’t want to wake up from sleeping in the car.  We didn’t make the ferry on time (it was extremely busy that long weekend in August), but this was one of those early morning moments that I never forgot.