WestWalking turns 3!
But first, about last week:
I had a terrific weekend, hiking with family, friends, and a family pup, too. Along Georgian Bay, through a wetlands area, around an interesting arboretum, and then up and down the hills of a ski-club. Those hills were just a little challenging. (Surprise! As with skiing, downhill was much more fun!)
The weather was hot, sunny and bright and the company, superb. On Saturday, a morning farmer’s market and an afternoon artists’ fair both caught our attention. In between, walks to a museum, an old shipping terminal, an arboretum, a cool labyrinth, some interesting relics of industry: all enjoyed on our all-day shore walk-about. We found dozens of different views of Georgian Bay, watched kayakers on the water, shared a favourite treat purchased at the market. Later, we walked out to a delicious local dinner and had a starlit walk afterwards, too.
The Sunday ski-area hike had us working hard for the terrific scenic view destination. We figured we’d walked even further than the previous day through those forested hills. Ha! Not a chance! (Exactly half. Drat!) Still, it was good to discover what real hills feel like. In the summer. The hot, humid summer! What an excellent walking weekend. For me, the perfect conclusion was a short Monday walk ending with cooling the feet in Georgian Bay.
So, where did you walk?
Elizabeth reports that she enjoyed the suggested walk to St. George the Martyr Church. She walked around the gardens (where she used to eat lunch, on work breaks), the old tower, and also found a nifty mural to share. Have a look at her lovely photographs:
Sunday, August 07, 2016:
We’ll meet at the Y at 9:00. We’re walking downtown via some very interesting new murals, right in our own neighbourhood. You may have seen one or two of them, without realizing they were part of a series. Or that several more lurk in nearby lanes. In the fall, I hope we’ll visit the two other locations to see other murals painted for this project: A Love Letter to the Great Lakes. I’m eager to see them all.
After working up a sweat on this week’s mural hunt, let’s walk a bit further, just to stretch the legs! We’ll wrap up on a nifty downtown patio, with an iced coffee or tea.
Coming right up:
It’s still too hot for our planned day at the Leslie Spit. So, next week what about a streetcar ride east for a cool, green walk in and around the Glen Stewart Ravine and the Ivan Forrest Gardens? They cut through a Beach neighbourhood, with both rough and manicured areas. Trees, hills, little Ames creek, pretty cottages and homes with gardens. Good place for exploring on a Sunday morning!
See you soon!
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See you in the morning!