Postcards from the Bruce Trail

A writer's journal and photography blog documenting 900km of hiking End-to-End on the Bruce Trail from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Tobermory, Canada

Kelso, a milestone, and 200km of Bruce Trail under our boots – Postcards from the Bruce Trail 15

Sunday Sept 14, 2014, sunny 9°C
Crawford Lake (km 108.5) – Hilton Falls parking lot (Toronto section, km 0.8) 3h30m (14.0km Total to date 202.9km )

I can’t believe I’m saying this so early in September, but I really wish I had worn gloves on this morning’s hike. It wasn’t just fresh, it was a frigid catapult into Autumn, after the hot, sweaty summer we’ve had on the Bruce Trail. You could see your breath this morning, puffing out and swirling away in the sunbeams. We had our eyes glued to the path as we carefully made our way down the dew-slick rocks to the floor of Nassagaweya Canyon. But the combination of those three conditions – early morning sunlight, cold air, and dew, meant some spectacular photo ops – like these:

Spider Web Nassagaweya Canyon Bruce Trail

Spider’s web in the morning light, Nassagaweya Canyon

 

Monarch Butterfly on Appleby Line, Bruce Trail

Monarch Butterfly on Appleby Line, Bruce Trail

 

Meadow in the morning dew, Nassagaweya Canyon Bruce Trail

Meadow in the morning dew, Nassagaweya Canyon Bruce Trail

 

Autumn colour in Virginia Creeper, Bruce Trail

Autumn colour in Virginia Creeper, Bruce Trail

 

A surprise bed of Nicotiana near Lime Kiln, Kelso Glen Eden, Bruce Trail

A surprise bed of Nicotiana near Lime Kiln, Kelso Glen Eden, Bruce Trail

With fewer wildflower blooms in the forest (read: less nagging for photo stops from yours truly), we made excellent time on this hike, and arrived at Kelso Conservation Area well before noon. The views were spectacular, the mountain bikers plentiful, and the sun warm. We couldn’t resist a Kelso portrait on the Kelso Bluffs he is named after.

Kelso Bluffs Bruce Trail

Kelso Bluffs Bruce Trail

Kelso on the Kelso Bluffs, Bruce Trail

Kelso on the Kelso Bluffs, Bruce Trail

A couple of kilometres more down the trail and a milestone accomplished! Since May, we’ve walked over 200 kilometres of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, completing both Niagara Section and Iroquoia Section of the Bruce Trail over the summer. As we passed under under the Highway 401 today and started toward Hilton Falls, we were proud of ourselves, and already planning our strategy for the winter to come.

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Ian’s Summer Milestone

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Two Sections!

 

Hello,  Toronto Section! We’re looking forward to seeing you this Fall.  We completed the short section of the main trail to Philip Gosling side trail and back to the parking lot at Hilton Falls, passing by the trail marker commemorating the site of the painting of the first blaze on the Bruce Trail.

Bruce Trail first blaze 1962

To celebrate, we tucked into some delicious carrot ginger and orange soup and sandwiches (excellent fare!) at the Lowville Bistro on Guelph Line in Lowville before heading home.

We’ll be taking a hiking break now for a couple of weeks. But don’t go away!  There may be a few interim posts to bridge the gap.

Until next time, Happy Trails!   Louise & Ian

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