Rabu, 29 Juli 2009

The Bruce Peninsula

We left early Saturday morning, drove through rain to the Blue Water Bridge, and crossed over the bridge as boats in the Port Huron to Mackinac Race passed beneath us. Then we headed north to Goderich, had lunch at Bailey's, and headed to the Benmiller Inn. We hiked along the Maitland River, swam, had a great dinner at the Inn, and read in the top floor of the old Woolen Mill as rain pattered on our windows. In the morning we had breakfast beside the river and headed north again, up to Wiarton and then along the curvy, narrow road to Cabot Head. That is a wonderful drive. We explored the old light house and wandered down to the rocky shore, where we saw FOUR Eastern Rat Snakes in about four minutes. Then we searched for a letterbox hidden along a side trail and headed north again to camp in the Bruce Peninsula National Park. It's a fantastic stretch of country. The Niagara Escarpment bulges up through there, and there are beautiful cliffs, streams, hills, and wildlife habitat. UNESCO has recognized it as a World Biosphere Reserve.

This hike was beautiful.

Among many fine moments: Reading the latest issue of the New England Review at the camp ground.

The road to Cabot Head:

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