Sunday, August 10, 2008

Ladies Hike

Now I can finally finish up! We are back from our two week visit with Dennis' parents. An apology to those who have been checking here in vain...

Remember about three months ago when I blogged about Dennis' hike up near Tobermory? During the last week of Jungle Camp we ladies went on a hike of our own on the same trail. While the men's hike was over 40 kms and included packing all of their stuff, we had it a little easier. We went 22.5 kms and carried only light day packs.

But this wasn't a walk through the park, folks. We're talking tree roots and rocks everywhere- climbing and running up rock faces and always looking for a safe spot to put your feet.

I was told before we started that a vehicle would meet up with us at a couple of different spots along the trail and that we could skip parts if it was too much for us. I am so happy to say that I did the whole thing! It was probably one of the most challenging things I've done physically, (second only to having babies!) and I had such a sense of accomplishment when I was done- I was literally jumping around in excitement.
Here are some pictures- the scenery would have been breathtaking if I hadn't already lost my breath.
Here is what they call "The Grotto".
The trail runs right along the coastline, following cliffs up and down- sometimes taking us right along the beach.
Here is some of the wildlife- a snake was lying right in our path. When our fearless leader guy poked it with my walking stick the snake coiled up and tried to rattle a rattle-less tail at us.
Notice the lack of sand. Each beach was covered in rounded rocks that were quite difficult to walk on.
Here was a blue heron.
The water was a delightful bluish-green and so clear that we used it to drink with a hand-held filter.
I probably don't have to tell you how good it felt to put my feet in.

Yay- we all did it!!!!
Double yippie-yay- I did it!!!!


Kate said...

Congratulations! :D Although it does look really hard, what fun! I would love to do something like that some day! Good job, Friend!

pat ve said...

Well, you DID it! I am proud of you. The weather must have been good as well. This is one summer that you won't forget!

Jean said...

A great accomplishment at the end of jungle camp when you were likely tireder than usual. Sure glad you didn't get toooooo dizzie. those look like some great heights and could have been dangerous.

Nice to have you back on the blog.

Try for a little rest before classes start again.

Love, A. Jean

David and Amy Campsall said...

Good job girl. Looks like a beautiful spot to have hiked along though. When do classes start again? Glad you had a nice visit with mr and mrs. easton. I always have checked your blog even when i didn't have the computer:) I checked my email and your's sarah vanessens and my friend julies blog. Then i felt satisfied i had seen the world hahaha. Well i'm back online and have updated my blog with a few pictures if you want to wander over and check it out. The Lord bless you!!
Love in Christ