That's not me in the above picture. That is my new hiking partner Rosa, 'Total Outdoorswoman'! She was the one who discovered "High Lonesome" and this hiking trail in Lanark County called "Blueberry Mountain." This hike was the most challenging to date. It was a constant 2.1 km incline, with a pretty intense finale to the lookout. Upon arriving, you are greeted with the call of free range (monstrous) chickens, and the trail entrance Welcome Board, where I was momentarily distracted when signing the waiver by the passing of some garter snakes (ew)... *shudder*... ugh... This trail, you could tell from the start; would be amazing.
Meeting a few fellow hikers along the way, we kept searching for the over 200 year old tree, and none of the other people we passed said they had seen such a thing marked along the way ahead. What I loved about this trail is that it was wide and clear, only one area was detoured with a little bridge over a creek along the path. Along the way we saw a wolf den, and the work of beavers in the lake. No sign of any wild blueberries, but black/raspberries were growing abound by one of the lakes. A few cool fungi's kicking around, one magnificent white one growing on a tree. What I noticed among the birch trees, was the care and pride that went into this hiking trail.
Finally at the top of the little road path, there was a bench, and a sign to the left pointing UP to the Summit. It looked steep. Phew... I was already a bit exhausted, with a sore throat and with the hike so far, but we had come this far, to not do the summit seemed a shame. So I tried it. Remembering to breath, grabbing trees to help me along the way, there were two times when I just wanted to stop and head back down to that wonderful bench. After what seemed like forever, but in reality maybe 5-10 minutes, I heard Rosa ahead of me give a cry of wonder. That spurred me on. And then... THAT VIEW! I made it! I'll admit, I was so proud of myself and the sight of the view, I actually shed a couple tears.
We stayed up there for a while. Hydrating, and just taking in the scenery. The way back down seemed easy after that. Revelling in what we accomplished, we still were curious about this ancient tree. Heading back we ran into a couple, who were photographing a toad just off the trail, and they told us (after we asked) that the tree is only accessible with a guided tour. The owner of the property is the one to contact. Planning to write or call when we got back home, we came across a wonderfully delightful man sitting on a lawn chair - this was the owner!!! He gave us his email and phone number - we are so excited to head back! Maybe the fall colours will be showing more.
If you get the chance - head out there! It's a little out of the way, but worth it. Thanks for reading my blog, and please feel free to leave me a comment. Especially if you have hiked this trail as well! I would love to hear about your "Blueberry Mountain" stories!
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The weather this week has been absolutely gorgeous! What with preparing for the farmers market and creating some wreaths to auction off, I haven't been able to go out to walk with a distance goal in mind lately. The evening of September 12th, I headed out with my 'mapmyhike' app running. From my front door I walked to Daniel Street and down into the grove. I brought my bag to collect some acorns as I had noticed some on the path last time I went - but some little critter seemed to have gotten there before me. Not much to collect. Why am I collecting acorns, you ask? Well, other than looking pretty damn cool, I'd like to make a wreath of them :)
From the Grove, I entered Robert Simpson Park. What a great park. The town has done a great job of keeping it maintained and the gardens are beautiful. The view of the river is calming. I spent a few minutes on a park bench just enjoying the scenery. Afterwards, I followed the path along the river until I reached a path leading up to the Graveyard, and out towards the Catholic Church.
Thanks for checking in! Until next time! - Colleen
On my bucket list was "have a booth at a Farmers Market". Check! Today I rented out a community table spot to fundraise for TeamD at the Arnprior Farmers Market. I met some AMAZING people who also have Diabetes affecting themselves or a loved one. Alot of people are going through what I am, but many have had to deal with much worse. Even though life hasn't been the easiest for them, they were optimistic and positive. I think I am destined to have many teachers thoughout my endeavors to work towards health, fundraising and getting my body to complete that crazy long hike in a location I have dreamt about visiting for so long. So, come out and say 'hi' on Sept 17th. Help support a cause that may very well directly affect you in the future. With funds raised from TeamD members, hopefully Diabetes research will help limit the amount of people it affects. Have a great week everyone.
On a very wet and humid (needless to say a "little" misquito'y) Labor day, myself and a friend ventured out to a new trail she had heard about. Now part of the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust, this trail was donated back in 2012 and was originally used for logging. It is now a wilderness protection area and the local ecology is amazing. This place is beautiful! With a small break in the rain, the colours were so saturated. Quite a number of cool looking mushrooms along the way, and we hugged an amazing old oak that left us speechless.
It took us an hour and 34 minutes and was a 3.61km hike. The trails we took (in order) started with Joel's Pond Trail, to McWatty Trail, to Beaver Pond Trail, to Wolf Trail (with a small detour up North Wind Trail to see the Old Oak Tree) back down to Wolf Trail, to Spooky Marsh Trail, to Bear Trail and then along White Pine Way back to the start. I loved every soggy minute of it. Definitely want to go back again! Bet in a couple weeks when the colours start to turn more, it will be just lovely. If you like hiking (and taking pictures) definitely head this way. You will not be disappointed. (Be prepared to get your feet a little wet if not wearing waterproof footwear.)
Hope everyone had an amazing long weekend and didn't let the rain get in the way of what you wanted to do! See you all next weekend when I will be selling some prints for Team Diabetes fundraising at the Arnprior Farmer's Market!
Colleen lives in Arnprior and is working to control her Type 2 Diabetes by training and Fundraising for the 2018 SSE Airtricity Wicklow Mountain Hike in Ireland with Team Diabetes.