Tuesday, October 18, 2016

"Walk On The Wild Side"

Since moving to Brighton two months ago we have been wanting to take a walk in the Proctor Park Conservation Area. It is beside the Proctor House Museum I wrote about recently. There is 91 acres of forest with walking trails of various lengths through it.
I assumed the trails would be well marked, with pea gravel or something similar underfoot. Oh man, was I wrong! The first bit of the trail is gravelled but that soon ends. If I had been alone I would probably have got lost. Luckily Chuck has a very good sense of direction and kept us on the proper path. Hard to see where the paths were too as many of the trees are losing their leaves.
That all said I would happily do it again. It was so peaceful and serene. In  about 90 minutes we met only two other people and one very friendly dog.
We had our walking shoes on but I will be looking for a pair of hiking boots with ankle support. The paths are strewn with rocks and roots from the trees.
Gorgeous day!
We crossed a couple bridges over Butler Creek.
Many interesting mushrooms.
This tree had fallen down some time ago but appeared to still be growing at the top.
I shot a video of the creek but can't figure out how to put it into the blog. The water was low as we have had so little rain this summer.

I am looking forward to walking these trails again as it is a wonderful workout! A peaceful oasis just a few blocks from our home.

Have a great week.
Robin

12 comments:

  1. What a glorious spot, Robin, an oasis for the soul. Oh, I do envy you that. Just check yourselves for ticks when you get back from a jaunt, they're a huge problem in this area. (That's one reason I've not gone to Lemoine Point in forever, it's a high-tick area.)

    Are there bears???? :-O

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    1. It is so beautiful! I forgot to mention in the post that you start off walking in cedar trees but as you go up the hill you encounter maple and beech trees too.
      At the start of the trail is an information board with warnings about tics and bears. I thoroughly read all the notices and as we were walking I was practising my ferocious snarl for scaring bears! No, I wasn't really. Anyway, we only saw two other ladies and a little jack Russell that covered us in kisses.

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  2. Oh, your walk through the woods looks wonderful! I hope you find some hiking boots you like!

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    1. It was wonderful. I swear I can feel my soul expand when I am out in nature. I will let you know when I find some good boots.

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  3. Oh that looks and sounds like such a great place for a hike.Wonderful pictures. Places like that are so very peaceful.Thanks for sharing that with us.

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    1. Hi Marg, we did enjoy ourselves so much. Chuck right away said we should do this once a week. I'm game!

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  4. What a great place to go walking. Although being a big chicken I'd be too afraid once I saw the notice about possibly meeting a bear.

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    1. Hi G.M. I hesitated when I saw the bear notice but I knew I would kick myself later if I didn't go. My sister has a cottage in the wilds of Northern Quebec and has meet a few bears while blueberry picking. She always says just make a lot of noise and they should run off. I don't want to test that theory so hopefully we don't meet any bears!

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  5. Nice. I love the forest too. But only when the sun is shining!

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    1. The forest is much nicer on a sunny day. Rather scary when it is cloudy!

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  6. Oh what a wonderful walk. It so reminds me of Happy Trails. We are working on making more trails. Happy Trails is 21 acres and backs up to a state forest.

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    1. It is a gorgeous walk Karen. I thought of Happy Trails as we were walking. It would be quite a feat making new trails. Have a good day!

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