This week’s sunny skies and warmer temperatures enticed us back onto the trail to continue our trek across the Oak Ridges Moraine. It was a real pleasure to be hiking without the heavy layers of winter clothing and snowshoes strapped to our backpacks.
When we started this journey during the winter, we hiked the trails close to home to minimize our driving. This week we ventured out to the western terminus of the trail where it intersects the Bruce Trail. It was very odd to be back at a point we had hiked through last winter heading north.
There is still a lot of evidence of tree carnage from the harsh winter. We needed to navigate many downed trees and branches.
Water levels in the marsh areas are very high. Thankfully we encountered no flooded areas this week and minimal mud patches.
The most disturbing sign of the day appeared to authorize shooting of recreational users of the trail.
Maybe hiking is more of an extreme sport than I originally thought.