Another gorgeous day on the Bruce Trail! We set out from Inglis Falls, early enough to beat the tourist rush. We soon found ourselves in a green and leafy wood, enjoying the shade and the easy walking.
We have become hardened and hardy hikers over the past four years. We believe in traveling light, focusing on eternal values of friendship and commitment, rather than the shallow vagaries of fashion. And yet, a certain Bruce Trail style that has evolved. The LLs like to look good, in their own way, and that involves paying attention to…..socks!
It’s funny how much the terrain can change in one day. Yesterday we were in the land of crevices, but today we were mostly high up on top of the escarpment. This meant lovely vistas, of course.
We met up with a few crevices, but instead of being at the bottom, we were on top. And we wanted to stay on top! For some reason, this hike included a number of wide cracks, across which we had to leap. This was fine as long as you didn’t look down at the deep darkness waiting to engulf you if you slipped!
We traveled for about 2 km above and beside Highway 21. Mostly we couldn’t see the road, although we could certainly hear the roar of trucks and Harleys. When it came time to descend from our lofty heights, some kind folks had thoughtfully provided a wobbly ladder.
We hiked a short segment along the shoulder of Highway 21 – even this managed to be scenic, thanks to the rocky escarpment looming above the road.
After crossing Highway 21, we entered the Pottawatomi Conservation Area. We found a scenic lunch spot overlooking Jones Fall. This 12 metre cascade disappears completely under the rocky riverbed once downstream. It’s a bit unnerving to see the impressive waterfall and no river flowing away below it.
After lunch, we crossed a fairy tale bridge over the Pottawatomi River – just made for trolls to lurk beneath.
Thanks to an early start, we ended our day by 2:30. Yay! Home in time for dinner. We are all looking forward to July as we begin the trek to the teeming metropolis of Wiarton.