|A tree with a blaze|
on what actually
looked like a trail,
I don't usually take
pics like this but
this seemed so mi-
raculous that I couldn't
help myself lol
|Start of the trail|
|Out of the forest, thankfully, and|
arriving at the Ruthven Park
National Historic Site.
At that point, the hiking became a lot more enjoyable and I found myself in places wherein I easily knew my way. Walked right past a ghost town and a haunted (they say) mansion! Shortly after this, though, I came across a wide open field, probably about 250 yards long and 100 yards wide. Smack dab in the middle of this field was one huge tree with a blaze on it. And no other blazes to be found. I walked to the far end of the field, hoping for blazes and couldn't see any. Clambered up a steep, overgrown slope to a highway guardrail, climbed under it, and then hiked the highway for a bit.
|Loved the wide open trails at|
|Nets used to capture birds and|
then band them, still at Ruthven.
On the map, what I hiked yesterday should have been seventeen kilometers. My livetracking with my watch and phone indicated I had actually walked nineteen, what with all the backtracking and, you know, being lost and all!
Today, 24 hours removed from the experience, I'm still thinking I will continue my journey. Yesterday about this time, I wasn't so sure. Part of me wants to contact the Trail association and complain about the blazes and confusing written directions. Another part of me is cognizant of the fact that the trail is maintained almost entirely by volunteers. Yet another part of me realizes that maybe it's just me, maybe I just can't see those blazes or know where to look for them. What I do know is that marrying written directions to a map can sometimes be a very subjective kind
|Thompson family cemetery.|
Thompson was the first person
to settle this part of Ontario and
became wealthy with the river
shipping industry. Other people
moved here and a small town
was formed, called "Indiana"
|The pillars which used to support the iron gate to the|
|Interesting historical plaque|
|The afore-mentioned tree in the middle of the field|
with no other blazes to be found!
|On the Rotary Riverside Trail|
|Geese in the Grand! Just standing!|
|More of the Rotary Riverside Trail, overlapping with|
the Great Canadian Trail