Once again, I decided to bite the bullet and pay to use their new parking lot. There were already a fair number of cars there so the new fee doesn't yet seem to be scaring people away. This time, however, I brought along a $5 bill, only to discover that there is no way to use bills in the new parking machine---it's either coins or plastic. I had neither of these but fortunately there was a family in the parking lot who graciously wrangled up $5 in change in exchange for my bill. Whew!
|Some of the scenery near the beginning of the trail. The pond|
is way off in the distance
By the time I got back to the parking lot, my bottle was empty and I was congratulating myself on my amazing re-hydration plan---right up until I discovered there was no running water in the washrooms. All there was was a toilet seat in one corner of the concrete room which then emptied into a pit down below. Basically an outhouse (but the best kind of outhouse in a tornado!)
At this point, already tired from my hilly run and the prospect of no more water, I decided to call it a day and started to leave the parking lot, for home.
At the last minute, though, I remembered that there was another entrance to the park 2 or 3 kilometers away and thought that I would at least go and investigate.
|Getting closer to the pond now, but not much protection from the sun!|
There only seemed to be two different trails to follow so I picked the one right in front of me. It soon had me out in a fairly open area, walking alongside a huge pond (almost a lake) which I think at one time had been part of a quarry. Komoka is rather well-known for its handful of little lakes. I walked for several minutes and ran across a couple and their dog, who assured me there was quite a bit of trail left.
|Better view of the pond---quite pretty!|
I forgot to mention that when I got to this new area of the park I had just decided to hike it, rather than run anymore. Water, at this point, was still an issue and I was really only interested in a little exploration. As I walked, the sun beat down even harder on me. The part of the park I normally run in is very shaded but in this new section, there seemed to be very little tree cover. I had forgotten sunscreen to top it all off and I very quickly became uncomfortable. I decided to head back.
|Feeling less wanted, all of the sudden|
|This was "Queen Street"...|
|Interesting plant life along the way|