This weekend the Limestone Ladies celebrated our second anniversary. 730 days have elapsed since we took our first steps at Queenston Heights! Last year we celebrated with jewellery and wine. This year, the fun began with the Scavenger Hunt.
The day started with our fearless scavenger Commandante giving us our instructions:
We were instructed to find an object along the trail to correspond to each letter of the alphabet. A is for apple, and so on. Additionally, there was a list of “bonus items” for really keen scavengers to gain extra points and extra prestige.
The group set off, bursting with excitement and some barely concealed competitive spirit. In particular, a tingle of titillation ran through the group at the thought of cornering, and possibly capturing, a Handsome Stranger.
A palette of tawny oranges and browns carpeted the gently undulating forest floor. Our ears filled with the constant crunch and rustle of leaves beneath our boots. The Handsome Stranger would surely hear us approaching!
We had fun with the alphabet game. There were so many possible choices! L could be for larch or it could be for Luscious Lipsticked Lips!
And speaking of the letter U, we had two strong entries in this category:
We enjoyed a beautiful day in the woods. At our lunch spot, a place named Rockhill Corner, we were treated to some interesting geological features, including caves, bridges, crevices, stacks and crevice gullies.
Lunchtime weather was a tad on the cool side, so we had to made sure we took in plenty of calories to burn as heat! We would not want the Handsome Stranger to find us frigid! First up: Diwali sweets!
Then came the second anniversary cake:
The alphabet themed scavenger hunt continued after lunch:
We came upon the ruins of the Dufferin Light & Power Company generating station along the banks of the Pine River. This private power company produced electricity for Shelburne and Horning’s Mills from 1909 to 1927.
As we neared the end of the hike, we were ever more smitten with the beauty of the Pine River Valley in its fall splendour. Every view was a Group of Seven canvas!
The Pine River is dammed to create a fishing pond and the Bruce trail skirts the banks of the pond.
Just before the day’s hike ended, we enjoyed the view from the Bell Lookout.
Now you may be wondering, did these lovely ladies ever find the Handsome Stranger? And did they earn their Bonus Points?
Well, there was a certain group who tried to create a Handsome Stranger from raw materials, somewhat akin to Frankenstein’s monster, in my opinion:
But our tale has a happy ending, because there really was a Handsome Stranger on the trail that day, and he was more than happy to offer his Handsomeness to the cause.
But our day was not over. The celebrations continued into the evening, starting with a spectacular dinner at Sequel Inn.
There were many glowing faces around the table:
The highlight of the evening was the judging of the scavenger hunt. Complaints were heard about the arbitrary nature of the judge. The judge asserted her right to be completely arbitrary and the complaints subsided. The winners triumphantly claimed their prizes:
Thanks to all the ladies for making our second year even better than the first. We can’t wait to see what Year Three will bring!