Bruce Trail Adventure #3 – Niagara 45.1 to 66.9km

Rockway to Kinsmen Community Park

Well I can now appreciate flat trails to break up the rocky terrain of the hikes once in a while!  It feels like this whole section was rocky.  It certainly wasn’t a very fast hike considering the wet leaves, wet ground and rocks all over the place making for very interesting challenges.  The worst of it all was when I was trying to step on some tree branches to avoid a big puddle and it all ended up crashing down and causing me to bang my leg and twist my ankle.  Luckily I didn’t have anything major happen however it did slow us down.

I felt very empowered after this hike because we walked onwards even despite the fall and we climbed soooo much throughout the day that we ended up registering 146 flights of stairs!! Honestly, sometimes I’d like to have a word with whoever designed the trail because I think he/she has a sick sense of humour but I am loving the whole experience.  It certainly qualifies for some HIIT (high intensity interval training) at times.

On this trip we walked through more winery land and continued to hear the loud booms of the propane powered bird deterrents.  However we also did walk by the outside border of a shooting range so I’m sure at some point we may have heard gunshots but couldn’t tell the difference.  It was a stunning day and very sunny.

We did bump into a few people here and there who were hiking and much to my chagrin we also bumped into their dogs without a leash.  I’m afraid of dogs and this doesn’t help when I think they’re going to jump on me…hahaha.  My husband thinks I’m crazy and should stay calm however I prefer to play frozen tag until they walk by with their owners.

We really liked the Ball’s Falls area and I’d definitely go back to check it out.  There was a very long set of steps in the escarpment that we used to get up to the top…that was a big surprise but I guess it’s better than having to walk back and forth along the side of the hill to get to the top.  We also slid down one area earlier in the day because there were no steps to get down but just a rope to hang onto.

We saw some wild turkeys and the back of a coyote too!

It was such a clear day that we could actually see the Toronto skyline, the CN tower and the Roger’s Centre all the way from our hiking path at one point.

All in all it was a great day.  We ended up taking an early turn off the path for fear that we might miss our parking spot but luckily the park trail did lead to it.  Next time we’ll just have to remember to take that little path back onto the Bruce Trail so we can continue where we left off.

Weirdest thing on the trail: Lots of blood on the road and a dead deer in the ditch…not weird..maybe just “ugh”.

Coolest thing on the trail: Seeing Toronto from so far away.

Funniest thing on the trail: My husband’s backpack was “taken” by a tree.  He walked under the tree and his backpack got stuck by the handle on the branch of a tree so perfectly that when he came out the other end he had no backpack!

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