October 27, 2013: Mount Nemo to Crawford Lake
The Limestone Ladies are one year old! We made it out of infancy and into toddlerhood. And that called for celebration!
Who could have imagined that when we started from Queenston on a dreary, soggy day one year ago, that we would find ourselves here, one year older, one year stronger and 12 hikes happier! We have shared the beauty of southern Ontario through all seasons. We have accumulated mud on our boots, blisters, sore muscles, bug bites and smiles. We have formed a bond within our group that will last far beyond Tobermory.
The First Anniversary is traditionally celebrated with items made of cotton or paper. Not so for the Limestone Ladies! Any decent hiker knows that cotton kills! Paper is deadly boring. We needed a symbol that truly represents the verve and sass of the Ladies. So, for this important occasion, the Ladies donned their most elegant & precious bling:
It was a perfect day for hiking. The sweet scent of damp leaves filled the woods and the sky shimmered with gold as the last leaves fluttered to earth. We are told that trees are the lungs of the planet, but, seeing the roots of these maples, it is obvious that they are also the circulatory system.
We stopped for lunch on a wooden bridge. Many surprises were in store: First came the prosecco. So many wonderful blessings to toast! We drank to the founder of the Bruce Trail. We drank to the inventors of the Thermos and Gore-Tex. And, of course, we lifted a glass to our own good health and happiness!
The next surprise was an original Limestone Ladies theme song, composed by Joanne and sung to celebrate our First Anniversary.
The day just kept getting better and better. Our next surprise was the unveiling of the brand-new, limited edition, exclusive Limestone Ladies hiking badge!
At this point, any sensible person would think: “It can’t get any better than this!” But then a home-made raisin pie appeared!
After all the feasting and toasting, we finally started hiking again.
When we arrived at Crawford Lake, we toured the wooden carvings of endangered native species.
The weather co-operated and despite dire predictions of rain, we hiked the whole way with only a few drops. Obviously, that called for more celebration, so we went out for dinner.
What a memorable day! I can’t wait to see what our second year brings. Thank you, Limestone Ladies, for your cheerful hardiness, your camaraderie and your eagerness for adventure. We dared to dream this Bruce Trail journey. And now we are making it come true, sharing the joy along the way. Life is good.