What could we do on a beautiful sunny day after the rain and heavy grey skies of earlier this week? Go for a hike, of course!!
Our destination of choice was an hour’s drive west of Toronto to the Cheltenham Badlands. My partner on this adventure was, of course – Helen, my indefatigable hiking buddy, running mentor, and overall good friend.
“Badlands” is a term used to describe an area of soft rock without any soil to support vegetation. The soft rock eventually molds into a rolling landscape of rounded hills. These areas are rare in Ontario.
The Badlands have a reddish hue that comes from iron oxide in the shale. There are curious greyish-green stripes in the shale that look like someone spray-painted the rock. In fact it’s caused by the underground freshwater springs which turns the red iron oxide into green iron oxide.
Because of considerable overuse and misuse over the past years, signs now request visitors to stay off the sensitive rock which is easily eroded. A viewing area is accessible from the road.
The Bruce Trail system runs near the Badlands so we were able to enjoy a leisurely 5 km hike along the trail with many trees were still wearing their flashy autumn colours.
We then ended our journey with a coffee and sandwich on the back deck at the local General Store. In short, it was a perfect day to be outdoors.