Surprise! (What a great surprise!)

This week: Hot CHOCOLATE?
But first, about last week:

I don’t always enjoy surprises. Unless they are REALLY GREAT SURPRISES.
Then, I admit, I love surprises!

Imagine my delight when our wonderful visiting walking friends from last year, Myrtha and Beat, rejoined the group for another Sunday morning walk. Wow! All the way from Yukon to walk with us?? Well, okay, they didn’t just travel for the walk, of course! But it certainly was a lovely surprise to see them. I arrived at the Y, and there was Myrtha, beaming! What a great start to our day. We spent that whole walk, smiling! It was such a treat to see them and catch up a bit. Of course, it can be hard to catch up when walking, so we also spent a little time together after the walk. We enjoyed the company of a new walker, too. And a glorious, bright day.

We headed south from the Y, to quickly reach the original mouth of the old, now-buried, Garrison Creek. As one of Toronto’s several “lost rivers,” Garrison was an early one to go. Industry and the beginnings of urban mis-use and city planning issues caused pollution and, eventually, the creek was covered. A couple of bridges and a block of very crooked houses remain the only real external evidence of the lower reaches of this creek. Most people follow the Discovery Walk (down the creek’s old path, starting around Christie Pits park). We did the reverse, as we had a special brunch date with Marion and Bill, and didn’t want to be late.

We followed map and signage along the upstream route of the water, which is still contained as a slight trickle, in cavernous storm sewers below the ground. We achieved about half of the planned trip and realized we’d need to save the rest of the walk for another day. We passed many turns and small ravines – and saw interesting vestiges of old industry and homes from the turn of the twentieth century. The creek must have made this a very appealing neighbourhood.

Later on, we’ll start at the top and follow Garrison Creek from one of its sources, down to Christie Pits.

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And now, Sunday, March 27, 2016:

So, about that hot chocolate! WE WILL MEET AT 10:00 since it’s a holiday, and some may wish to sleep in a bit. (Also, our hot chocolate destination opens at noon.) We’ll walk a little east first, in case hearing some Easter music appeals to the group. This really depends upon who joins us, and will be decided last minute. Then we’ll walk south for that hot chocolate. We can explore and see a few new lane murals, as we proceed. And we can plan ahead for future walks. A great treat for Easter, and for the end of winter!

Other great walks… just ahead. I did walk through some snow this week, but I hear that spring is right around the corner.

Coming right up:

Maybe a greenhouse visit to enjoy some early blooming bulbs.
Then: Downtown explorations. The Spit. The Bluffs. The Island. Public sculpture. The Humber. The Rouge. Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The Mighty Don! Historical buildings. Jane’s Walk. Church windows. More lane murals. Intriguing in-fill architecture. Doors Open Toronto. A road trip??? And we need a spring brunch walk! Please suggest where you’d like that to be.

Those are just a few ideas… and not necessarily in that order. 😉

See you soon!

Are you reading about our club for the first time?

Welcome. You really should walk with us! See you in the morning!

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