Bruce Trail Part 5 – Ball’s Falls to Mountainview

We’ve passed a lot of farms over the past few treks but this is the first time we encountered a friendly farm dog with lots of little goats eager for anyone passing by to feed them something.  It was funny seeing all of these animals chasing after us as we walked past them.

A rainbow next to Ball's Falls

Continuing where we left off at Ball’s Falls, our hiking group decided to start off by visiting Ball’s Falls again under better weather and we were in luck — in time to enjoy a rainbow or two!  We anticipated some rain but nothing too significant.

We’ve passed a lot of farms over the past few treks but this is the first time we encountered a friendly farm dog with lots of little goats eager for anyone passing by to feed them something.  It was funny seeing all of these animals chasing after us as we walked past them.

Passing by a farm with some little friends.

It continues to impress and amaze me as I hike through the trail during the spring time.  The relatively bare trees and early-spring green sprouting and blooming creates such a beautiful contrast of life.

Enjoying the green floor

I could not be more in-awe when the sun came out and made the whole landscape change.  The carpet of goldish-white fallen leaves simply made the whole scene glow.  We all generally agreed that this was a stunning area to sit down and to even sketch.

One of my favourite areas of this section of the hike.

We finally pried ourselves away from these amazing areas and pushed ourselves up the escarpment until we got to the top.  It was a steep hike but it was worth it.  Some good lunch spots once we got to the top of the escarpment where we were able to enjoy lunch while birdwatching.  We saw a number of blue jays and turkey vultures playing hide and seek.

A pretty steep hill up to a great lunch spot

The turkey vultures were an interesting bunch.  They would often just hover and glide over the trees — going around and around in circles in the air.  However once it began raining, they all stopped and would just perch on the tree branches.  The escarpment made for a great opportunity to observe these turkey vultures because we were practically on the same elevation as the birds themselves!

Turkey vultures along the escarpment.  They stopped flying as soon as it rained.Enjoying views near the top of the escarpment.

I began raining harder than we anticipated so we quickly pulled out the rain jackets and the pack rain covers.  I didn’t have a rain cover for my 30L pack yet so I borrowed the one from my 85L pack.  From certain angles, it looked as if I had a parachute behind me.

We rather enjoyed this section of the trail.  Some of the hiking group thought that it was reminiscent of landscape in the Hobbit?A really pretty stream along the way.

Fortunately, the rain didn’t go on for too long and I was able to switch back from my waterproof camera to the Fuji X100 which I have been using regularly for all the photos that I am taking.  We came across some really pretty areas as we got closer to the end of this hike.

Almost like a lagoon but right next to a vinyard.  Very peaceful.There are a lot of peculiar vinyard names.

We did come across Mike Weir’s winery but the most bizarre winery we stumbled across was the Organized Crime winery.  Is this supposed to be a reference to the prohibition era?  Or were people supposed to dress up as gangsters when they visited for wine tasting?  Bizarre.

Arriving at Mountainview.  Very small parking lot.A little flower shop.  A bit informal.

The end of this hike wasn’t necessarily exciting but there was this little flower stand or booth right across from Mountainview’s tiny parking lot.  I’m curious how much in sales this booth receives but my friends weren’t impressed with the offerings when they checked it out.

We’ll be taking a short break from the Bruce Trail to hit up the Adirondacks so check out photo album for part 5 of the trek in the meantime!