I have always felt that being a weather-forecaster is the best of all possible jobs. You can gaze at the sky with infinite wisdom, gravely predict that weather of some description will occur, and never be held to account if you’re wrong. Like today! Despite predictions of rainshowers, we had a glorious warm, dry day for our hike. Which leads us to a Limestone Ladies Lesson to Live By: Never let weather forecasts stand in the way of what you want to do!
The day began with an energizing performance of the can-can in the parking lot of Crawford Lake. No namby-pamby stretches for us!
We started our hike at Crawford Lake and had an exciting climb down into Nassagaweya Canyon over uneven, slippery boulders.
The floor of the canyon was carpeted in hues of soft brown and faded orange – a soothing palette.
Then we climbed up the canyon wall onto the Milton Outlier.
We lunched at a luxury site with two picnic tables and all the modern conveniences one would expect (in a third world country).
The Niagara Escarpment is populated with cedar trees that seem to grow out of nothing but rock. These sinewy seniors are hundreds of years old and have struggled to adapt to this harsh environment. The story of their hardships is revealed in the tortuosity of the trunks.
We encountered beautiful views from the top of the escarpment at Kelso.
The limestone crevices at the top of Kelso are deep, damp and labyrinthine.
We had views out over Kelso Lake.
We approached the top of the ski slopes at Glen Eden. The view looking back at the Escarpment was a striking vista of raw cliff-face.
As we descended from the summit, we passed an old lime kiln. This kiln dates from the 1880’s when limestone from a nearby quarry was burned to produce quicklime. The rock was loaded into the kiln, burned for several days at a temperature of 900 – 1000 degrees, and the resultant quicklime was sold for use in mortar, cement, plaster, etc. At the height of production, this kiln produced 1,200 -2,000 bushels of lime per day, selling for 15 cents per bushel. The labourers who loaded the rock and stoked the fires were paid $1 per day. I’d rather be a weatherman!
It was an exciting moment for the Limestone ladies when we reached Appleby Line, as this marked the 200 km point in our Bruce Trail journey. A banner was unfurled and a minor celebration erupted.
The next terribly important milestone was passing under the 401. This marked not only the passage from the Iroquoia Club to the Toronto Club territory, but was also a symbolic crossing from southern to northern climes.
We passed an interesting piece of Bruce Trail history, which made us reflect on the wisdom and foresight of the Bruce Trail founders, 51 years ago.
We were able to look back on the cliffs of Kelso and appreciate the Escarpment from a distance.
We arrived back at the Halton Golf and Country Club where we found these two little gnome-cherubs adorning the lawn.
Amazing hike, ladies! That’s it for this year. See you in January!