“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”
- John Muir, Our National Parks
Good afternoon beautiful souls, I hope everyone's day is going great so far. I'm a little sore today, courtesy of my hike yesterday which took me up and down the hills of the local woodlands. That was quite an exercise, I've woken up muscles I didn't know I had.
I was torn on where to go for yesterday's hike. It was such a gorgeous day, I wanted to make the most of it. In the end I decided to return to Cootes Paradise, more specifically Princess Point, take a walk on the other side of the lake and then pick up where I left of last time at the long bridge.
Thermometer was showing -11°C when I was leaving so I bundled up well. Just like last time I had my snow pants, four layers underneath my coat, scarf, hat, two pairs of wooly socks. Once again I was ready for Alaska.
When I got to the trail I realized I overdid it a tad and I ended up shedding one of the layers as well as taking off my hat. My scalp and my hair surely appreciated some sunlight.
The weather was simply amazing. It was cold but the sun was really strong. Come to think of it, we haven't had sunshine like that in a while. Most of the time these days the sun is dimmed, behind foggy clouds. Yesterday it was a force to be reckoned with. I even wondered if I'll come back with a tan if I stayed there long enough.
There were a lot of people enjoying the ice on the lake. Adults as well as children were seen skating around, many others taking walks. Everyone was enjoying themselves. I took a walk along the paved side of the lake, looking for any signs of life, other than human.
|Gorgeous ice and snow covered lake|
|Cattails and skater|
|Squirrel eating delicious sumac|
|American Sycamore seed pods hanging from the branches|
I made my way through the woods for some time until I decided to go off the trail for a little bit. Just sticking to the trail is not really taking in the whole experience in my opinion. Off the trail, surrounded by nothing man made is where magic happens.
I found a suitable log, cleared it off the snow and sat down to enjoy the pristine surroundings, the hot sun and the divine solitude. Lunch made of a piece of cornbread and some almonds didn't look like much but it was plenty. I could have sat there forever.
If you've read my blog on regular basis you would know that I'm a huge fan of the Walking Dead. I was just wondering how would it feel to be in the middle of woods with apocalyptic danger lurking behind each tree and hill. Just as I was thinking that, I heard a snap of the branches behind me and felt the movement. A little startled I turned around to see this.
This is the magic I was talking about. Few minutes of absolute silence and the deer made an appearance. The one in front kept moving towards me and came probably about 20 feet from me or so. I grabbed my camera and started snapping, holding my breath at the same time so as not to scare this beautiful creature off. This was the proverbial icing on the cake of an already wonderful day.
Can't wait till my next hike.
Ps. I've put together a short slideshow/video of yesterday's hike. I hope you enjoy it.