The Limestone Ladies are a hardy bunch and they continue to prove it!
Despite the fact that the Toronto Club trails are closed due to damage from the ice storm, we were determined to stick to our hiking schedule. Since we couldn’t pick up where we left off in November, we headed north to the beauty of the Dufferin-Hi-Land trails.
Here we are, getting ready to plunge into the woods at Km 0.0 of the Dufferin Hi-Land section.
The snow was fluffy and the weather was crisp and energizing. Snowshoes helped to pack down the deep drifts.
Initially, the traveling was easy and we soon warmed up from the exertion.
As the morning wore on, the wind picked up and snow began to fall. By the time we reached the look-out, there wasn’t much to see. The distant Mono Hills were veiled in blowing snow.
I should point out that, despite the extreme weather, the LLs maintain a rigorous fashion code. Never less than exquisitely dressed , the LLs are the envy of other hikers for their trend-setting trail style.
We went uphill:
And we went downhill:
But it continued to snow:
Although we were a group of 18, we were separated by the storm. It kept each of us isolated in a personal world of raging wind and blinding snow .
The area we hiked through is a mature hardwood forest, filled with gnarled giants. In winter, the trees appear lonely and barren, which lends a haunting beauty to the landscape.
As always, we found a convenient fallen tree or two for lunch. Out came the Thermoses and we gave thanks for hot drinks.
The Forest Symphony: The wind roared its melody in a minor key, telling tales of barren tundra, ice floes, and polar seas. Around and above us, trees groaned and creaked in random percussion. Underfoot, the snow crunched with every step. We were immersed in a live performance of a chorus that only the chosen few get to hear.
As we emerged onto First Line, the wind tripled its efforts.
It became obvious that we should cut short our hike due to increasingly adverse conditions, so we stopped on First Line at the 10 km mark.
All things considered, it was a great day and an excellent hike. The Limestone Ladies proved, once again, that they are hardy, strong and brave. And fun!
We hope to be back to our regular agenda in March. See you all then!