Sept 17, 2017: Summer’s Last Sweet Kiss ..or ..How I was taken in by a Duplicitous Psychologist

Our second day of hiking proved to be just as stunning as the first.  The Limeys headed off from Dyer’s Bay to our destination of Crane Lake 12 kilometers to the north.

limies - start of hike

With the official start of autumn only 5 days away, amazingly, Tee Shirts and sun screen were the preferred attire.  We were missing only one hiker from the previous day – apparently she slipped away in the middle of the night and drove off to her waiting lover.  The rest of us hiked into the waiting bosom of a hot, breezy day.

Limies - sun dappled

Could there possibly have been a more perfect day for the third last hike of our years long trek to Tobermory?

limies - ladies in the forest

As the day went on and the temperature rose, a daring hiker chose to shed some habiliments, not in the shadows of the forest but in the middle of the road!! Our hiker was going to make sure that as many people as possible saw her getting comfortable.

Limies - stripping

Perhaps she is getting “downsized” and is practicing for a new career. If this blog could speak you would hear in the background a rousing chorus of “Patricia The Stripper” accompanying our shedding hiker.

Those readers with sharp eyes will have noticed the sign in the background of the last picture indicating that travelers in need of showers, groceries and camping should head off to the right.

Limies - confusion re direction

This led to some confusion among the ladies, while some hikers headed off in one direction, others were convinced that the exact opposite direction was where our destination lay.

We were surprised to come across an anatomically correct replica of the middle-aged hikers knee kindly supplied by a sympathetic tree.

Limies - Wooden knee

This hike was no different from the other hikes of 2017 with poison ivy being in abundant supply ready to caress the unsuspecting hiker with its itchy fingers.

Limies poison ivy 2

This time it was a stunning red hue perhaps sun burnt by the long summer of rays. Hopefully no souvenirs from this overly friendly plant were taken home after the hike.

As it was late summer there were signs all around that autumn was fast approaching.

Limies - wild asters

Tough yet delicate flowers like this fall aster dotted the sides of the road.

Limies - red leaves

The ubiquitous red maple leaf, a proud Canadian icon.

Limies sisters Mary and Anne

Note the creative use of wild roadside flowers to create a tiara for our own “Queen Anne”. The milliner is on the right.

We saw some sandhill cranes noshing in a farmer’s field fattening up for the long migration to the southern U.S.  Sandhill cranes have been our frequent hiking companions on the northern sections of the Bruce and we have come to marvel at their striking size and distinctive call. Limies sandhill cranes2

Sandhill cranes mate for life which can mean more than 2 decades in the daily presence of their partner.  Anyone who has been partnered for even a short period of time can attest to the amount of patience and devotion this amount of togetherness requires.

The apples along the side of the road were abundant and some hikers were quick to avail themselves of the fruit.

Limies apple picking Ruth

There were many options for apple tasting and the fruit from numerous different trees was sampled.  We did however come across a sobering reminder not to eat too many apples in the middle of the road.

Limies poo

This poor apple eating creature was caught short of the loo by the powerful peristaltic effect of the forbidden fruit.

No Limey’s hiking blog would be complete without the obligatory “view” picture.

Limies - view

No one ever seems to tire of the spectacular views from the escarpment to the Great Lake below.  Those who have escarpment view fatigue probably also dislike kitten videos and breakfast in bed.

Our photogs were able to nab a rare picture of the normally talkative Homo Bloomingdalicus hiker (we are using formal anthropological terminology here for clarity) in a pensive moment.

Limies - quiet

The road to the Crane Lake parking spot was more lake-like than road-like on our first hike of the year and was serving as a thoroughfare for muskrat and beaver in the spring.

Limies original flood

But, by the end of the summer, the water had ebbed chased away by the heat and lack of recent rain.

Limies water over the road

No lake here, just enough brown water to seep into the boot of a careless hiker.

So the ladies lament the passing of the summer and will soon be facing a parting of our own. To paraphrase Leonard Cohen:

Everybody knows that the summer’s over

Everybody knows that its winding down

Everybody knows that the light is fading

Everybody knows that the leaves are spent

Everybody knows that the weather’s changing

That’s how it goes

Everybody knows

Everybody knows that it has to happen

Everybody knows that all good things end

Everybody’s got this broken feeling

That their losing a good friend.

 

But remember – “There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.”  Cecilia Thackster

Acknowledgements  – Thanks to MJ, JR and DE for the photographs.  Without them this blog would not be possible

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to Sept 17, 2017: Summer’s Last Sweet Kiss ..or ..How I was taken in by a Duplicitous Psychologist

  1. Hilarious! I love the pensive Homo Bloomingdalicus! And I am happy to report that I still like both kitten videos and escarpment views. And, of course, everything is better with a little Leonard Cohen!

  2. Kathy Roberts says:

    Almost there! Good luck with the last hike (or two?)! Looking forward to seeing you all at the northern terminus. From one end-to-ender, to a whole bunch of them!

  3. Margaret Murray says:

    Is there a post for “yesterday’s hike?

    Margaret Murray

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