hiking
2 months ago

We stopped along the shore after just a couple minutes for a cookie. We were cautioned of some steep sections by a passing volunteer.

We then headed into the woods, and were given a warm welcome by a million mosquitoes. Thank goodness I packed the bug nets. Had I not, I would have quit 5 minutes into the hike. Bugs love me, far more than Erica anyways. It was a warm day, but I covered up, head to toe, with a ball cap, bug net, jacket, light gloves, and long pants. There were swarms. I’m not really used to that many bugs. Typically in the past, I avoided walking into the woods of central Ontario at this time of year, because of the bugs.

Due to my barrier method of protection leading me to be overdressed for the temperature, I got good and sweaty. The good news was, that I was not getting bit much at all. Just a few buggers would attack through my ball cap, or my light gloves occasionally. That said, I was still feeling a little agitated by the constant buzzing and swarming. This caused me blow through the trail at a brisk pace, with Erica wishing I would dial it down just a notch.

Willard the Adventure Poodle was having a pretty happy time, but poor Hilton the Adventure Mutt was getting crushed by the bugs. There was not much to be done about that though, and she did a commendable job of soldiering on.

As a result of the wind on the water, and the bugs in the woods, I did not snap many pictures, but I did try to get a few from the trail.

It was a nice trail. It was mostly fairly easy going, but there were some steeper rocky bits to navigate along. There were a few nice views as well, as the trail occasionally popped out of the dense woods. You could tell that early in the spring, some sections would have been wet, but for our early June hike, the trail was basically completely dry.

Due to our high pace, we completed the trail quicker than we would have typically. I’ll admit, I was a little relieved when we emerged from the woods.