It was a dark and brooding day as we drove through pea-soup fog to get to our starting point on Hockley Road.
Immediately we started with hills and valleys. I was reminded of that song about the people on the bus going up and down, up and down, up and down. That’s exactly what we did, all day long! Perhaps they will write a kiddies’ song about us!
The valley floors were enlivened by babbling brooks. We all remarked on the crystal clarity of the water.
We arrived at the Hockley Valley Ski Resort. Unfortunately, they had misplaced our memo ordering snow for today. Sadly, we had to pass on the skiing, although a few racers in the crowd tried out the starting gates.
One lovely feature of this hike was the variety of landscapes. We hiked through a huge field of alfalfa, which was pretty to behold and also scented the air with sweetness.
The trail enters the Hockley Valley Provincial Nature Reserve where it meanders for the next 6 km.
One of the great delights of this hike was the size and variety of old growth trees. Each tree has a unique personality and fascinating gnarled, twisted growth.
Words of wisdom appear in unlikely places, but it doesn’t make them any less wise. This was a plaque on a trailside bench:
We thought we had arrived on Easy Street when the trail returned to 3rd Line. Wrong! It soon dipped back into the woods and became a rocky, slippery, crazy obstacle course.
We were not done with the ups and downs, not til the bitter end…
We arrived at Mono Centre Road, tired but happy. What a fantastic hike! AND we finished the Caledon Hills section. That means another badge!