What better way to celebrate 6 months of being smoke-free than going for another hike? Rosa and I revisited Blueberry Mountain, this time around with a guided tour to the old grove. I was so excited. Leading up to 1pm it was raining... a lot. But I didn't care. It was my vacation, and I wanted to do something just for me. Once we turned on "Hills of Peace" the sky cleared up and the rain had stopped. Upon arriving we were greeted by a wonderful man named Howard, who proceeded in taking us on an amazing hike. His elderly canine pal kept us company until we ventured off the path.
What a beautiful piece of land. Lanark is gorgeous. The colours were saturated from the earlier rain. Howard kept us entertained and educated as we hiked along. He stopped to show us signs of bears and other animals. He was able to help identify different scat that Rosa was inquiring about. He identified plants I never knew about, like the fern called Maidenhair. After about 30 minutes we had started descending down into the Old Grove... and there he was, "The Grandfather." What a magnificent and magical sight he was. It was the largest White Cedar tree I have ever seen.
We sat with Howard at this location for quite some time. We just enjoyed and revelled in the forest. The moss and mushrooms were great photo subjects. Howard sat and told us stories of happenings on the land and how he and his family came to live here. It seriously was fascinating and inspirational. After exploring the Grove for a while, Howard guided us out, up and around amazing rock faces. Climbing in altitude we reached an open area. It opened up onto a different planet. It truly felt that way as the ground cover was this white moss. Felt like we were walking on a mattress, not solid ground.
Anyone know of any awesome trails over 5kms?
Enjoy the images!
Thanks for reading!
(I'd love to hear from you and your Blueberry Mountain experience)
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.