Overlooking Barrow Bay
Why do we walk?
To see the Bruce Trail, share a chat, feel alive,
To keep placing one foot forward, even if we never arrive
At the end of the trail,
Because the end doesn’t matter,
It’s the journey, we’ve learned, that makes our hearts gladder.
And the sights that we see,
Trilliums red, pink, and white,
Even one with four petals, so rare a sight
Cliffs cloaked in mist, an enchanted forest,
Serviceberries in blossom, cedar curved in an arch
The view constantly changes, as onward we march.
And there’s always a friend,
To walk in front or behind
So we share a story, a song or a rhyme.
And when lunch rolls around, we settle ourselves,
To nourish our bodies and drink in a view
When lunchtime is over, we’re feeling renewed
So we seek those white blazes, the signs of our trail
Who knows what awaits us? Could it be a morel?
Or a slender wee flower that clings to a rock,
A crevice, a peep-hole, a natural wonder
Or perhaps a dark overhang that we have to duck under
And the delights we experience are not just for the eyes
Sweet spice of cedar warmed by the sun
White-throated sparrow trills and flies on
It all makes our souls wilder
And our spirits grow stronger
We’re nearing the end now, and we wish it was longer.
But for now the trail beckons, and we’ll follow it forward
Though we know that there won’t be an end to our tale
From all that we’ve seen and done and adventured
The Limestone Ladies will always be part of the Bruce Trail.
Nature never ceases to astonish and puzzle us.
A death-defying leap over a bottomless crevice!
So many photos to take, so little time!
This exquisite columbine was growing at the very edge of a 200 metre cliff!
Eating lunch at the edge of the world!
We met a friendly crew of Bruce Trail volunteers, out doing trail maintenance. Thank you!
She’s not texting, she’s taking a photo!
A friendly wood-nymph we met along the trail. Note the helpful sign, in case you are lost!
The water is very high this year and most of the shoreline has disappeared. Here we are following the trail along what’s left of the shore.
This crazy overhanging cliff was completely saturated with water and it dripped on our heads as we passed under.
I love this picture for the remarkable colour sequence – from blue, through turquoise, to green. Nature’s palette of analogous colours!
This natural peep-hole in the cliff provided a gorgeous framed view of the Caribbean. Just kidding! It’s Georgian Bay.
Looking towards Lion’s Head harbour
Here we are, gazing into the “Giant’s Cauldron.” This is an extremely underwhelming scenic attraction!
The end of a long and satisfying day.
The start of a new day! More trail to hike!
Trees draped in white blossoms along the trail
A precious morel, discovered growing right beside the trail.
Lunch at Reid’s Dump. Too bad about the rotten view! And the crummy weather!
Relaxing after lunch
This girl is not afraid of heights!
Enjoying her time at the top of the world!
The forest was cool and quiet
Near the end of the hike, we entered an enchanted trillium forest
Goddesses of the enchanted trillium forest
The rare four-petaled trillium – a quadrillium! We made a wish and will let you know if it is a lucky plant – perhaps it only works with four-leafed clover!
We discovered that there are several goddesses in the enchanted trillium forest
A hike along a rocky beach brought us to the end of the day
Thank you, Ladies, for yet another memorable weekend of hiking and friendship.
See you in June!