Mount Nemo is one of my favourite places. It’s where I went for my first outdoor climbing adventure with a few of the GRRLs. And I continue to be there as often as possible for climbing and, when it’s too cold for that, hiking.
The last time we trekked out there, we had hoped for a last climbing day of the season. I got up early. Optimistically packed our climbing gear. And layered up (but not enough in my opinion).
It was cold. And a bit damp from rain the previous day. Which made for not so great climbing conditions. So we just enjoyed the fall colours instead (like many others, the parking lot was nearly full when we got there!).
I wish I had packed a winter jacket (a sweater, long sleeve t-shirt, and tanktop was not enough). But wearing my helmet and belay gloves helped. And moving.
I’m not looking forward to winter.
For months I’ve wanted to check out Huron Natural Area. It’s about 5 minutes (driving) from home and in the middle of the city. The trail map it readily available online.
The other weekend was one of the colder ones this season and the forecast called for rain… and snow! We didn’t feel like going out of town with a chance of the hike being rained out. So we took this as an opportunity to check it out.
Honestly, my expectations were low. I thought we’d be bored. I though we’d run out of trail and go home early. THIS EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS! We hiked for about 10km!
The primary marked trails lead to a pond with a bridge and lookout point. (There was a sign identifying this as the perfect photo opportunity. It was right!)
The trails were dotted with apple trees. We stopped to pick and eat some apples. Yum!
And there were forest trails beyond the ones on the primary map! This was my favourite part.
We even came across an old car, which had been in the forest so long that you couldn’t see a clearing in the trees where it would have come in.