May 5, 2007

Bulk view

Hiking

We hiked part of the Bruce Trail near Caledon this morning. We
started at Belfountain and hiked east toward the Forks of the Credit
River trail, but it was closed due to construction. We saw the
waterfall, though, and had an… interesting… detour picking up the
trail again after we lost it on the way back. Hooray for boots and
mossy rocks on steep inclines. =)

I enjoyed feeling the ground yield beneath my hiking boots. Walking on
paved sidewalks all the time is just not the same as getting out
there. The weather was pleasantly cool, and the mosquitoes hadn’t yet
clogged the air. What I liked the most, though, was chatting with W
and J about the different things we saw along the path—the blue
blazes, the trees, the pine needles that covered the forest floor—and
the stories that connected with them.

I saw a garter snake sunning itself beside a rock. W had mentioned
that he’d never seen a snake, so I pointed out the garter snake to W
and J: a little black and white striped snake that slithered away
before I could take a picture of it.

What a wonderful day: conversation, nature, physical exercise,
cooperative problem-solving, and most of all, the weaving of old
stories and new experiences into new stories.

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