Dennis returned from his big hiking trip last night, tired, smelly, and happy to sleep once again on our pillow top mattress. I didn't have the heart to remind him that in two nights he will be sleeping on an air mattress for a month! ;)
He brought back some tales and pictures of the beautiful scenery along the trail. The Bruce trail is part of a trail system that goes from Niagara to Tobermory. The section of trail that they took is known to be the most riugged. The part they took runs along the coastline of the Georgian Bay, on upper edge of the Bruce Peninsula.
He had a good time and is quite tired today. It rained on them a good part of the second day, along the hardest part of the trail. The last day they hiked for 21 kms straight before reaching Tobermory. They celebrated by eating ice cream and going out for supper.
What do a bunch of guys do at a campsite in the middle of nowhere with nothing but what they carried in? Throw rocks at rocks and have a skipping rocks contest (which Dennis won by a large margin, thanks to all his practice out on the Gaspe in Quebec).
A beautiful sunset the first night:
The trail going up and over some rocks. Dennis said this was very typical. Imagine going up over that with a 25 lb pack on your back! Some of the guys had packs up to 50 lbs. This is the same trail that we girls have to do in a few weeks, so Dennis was getting pictures so I'd be prepared. Remember though, we don't have to carry the packs.
Some breathtaking views:
Yellow Lady's Slipper:
Tenting in bear country (they didn't see anything bigger than a garter snake, though):
At the end of the trail... gasp, wheeze... Dennis said there was an observation tower at the end. They all took their packs off and raced to the top because they felt so light. All in all, they went over 30 kms.