Friday, 4 May 2018

Hiking with a difference.

We are loving our time with our adorable Grandson Ben and his Mum and Dad, but we don't want to disrupt their routine too much, so have a few hours each day to explore local areas.

It is a sheer joy to hike where there is no need to be alert for leeches, snakes and ticks. Supposedly, ticks in summer, but that seems a long way off! I'm delighting in walking in forests so different to home. The birch, firs, luxuriant green mosses, and a splattering of still unmelted snow, are so foreign to me. My joy has no bounds when you add in the chance sighting of a squirrel, chipmunk, woodpecker and the dulcet tones of unseen tiny birds,

1. Bonshaw Provincial Park, 20 mins from our accommodation.

On arrival, we were disappointed to find the trails closed, but thankfully locals assured us to continue on.
















Misty moments.




Yes, the ladybirds are also enjoying the mossy undergrowth.


2. Return to the parkland opposite Stuart's unit, where spring is trying to have the upper hand.

The difference 5 days makes.
 


Mussels growing on the low tide shoreline.

3. A portion of the Confederation Trail near Winter River. The Winter River trails were the agenda, but alas, our directions were not sufficient to find the trailhead.

Rural views with a most welcome blue sky that was to later change drastically.
 



After 4 kms, we arrived at the site of Bedford Station, and made this our turn around point.


  


First signs of a new rainfront approaching.


Life is good!

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12 comments:

  1. Glad you are having fun exploring your son's new neighborhood! I'm sure all the fir trees, moss and snow seem exotic to someone from a tropical climate. Enjoy your visit!

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    1. Thanks Linda. It has been wonderful to see the signs of springs arrival over the 3 weeks of our visit. Winter seems incredibly long to me.

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  2. Some wonderful pictures there especially of the wildlife. I remember the cheeky chipmunks and squirrels from my visits to Ontario and Quebec when I was a kid

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    1. I was hoping to see a skunk from afar, but they are only just waking up.

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  3. Amazing captures! Love the beetle! It would be a wonderful experience to have a walk through them. Nice to see the squirrels.

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    1. Thank you. The ladybirds travel with me on all my hikes.

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  4. The contrast with your forest walks at home are really striking aren't they! Beautiful images and wildlife.

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    1. I'm totally loving the change, but hiking destinations are a little light on.

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  5. It looks kind of flat! Definitely watch for ticks. They are sneaky little things..

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    1. Definitely flat! There was a write up in the paper this week re ticks now emerging.

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  6. Lovely landscapes. I like seeing the emerging spring.

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