This week, out to the ROUGE!
But first, about last week:
Hello, Islands! We were six people arriving five different ways. Later, five Island visitors left on three different ferries and took five different TTC (or walking routes) home! We walked the day away on four different islands. Pretty good!
What a travel day. Weather was warm and humid. We enjoyed meeting Tony and seeing this year’s versions of beaches, trees, the maze, and more. We stopped at a shady spot in Franklin’s Garden, when we caught up with Nilla, and enjoyed our picnic lunches and treats. Then walked some more. Ending up on the boardwalk, as usual, we finally made it to Tony’s beautiful backyard for a refreshing cup of tea (and surprise home-made cookies!). Thanks, Tony, for being such great Island company, and a lovely host, too.
The Islands are looking beautiful right now, so if you haven’t had a chance to visit this summer, after all the flooding receded, and changes to the shoreline… go now. Check the revised fall ferry schedule and prepare for a lovely green retreat. We spent most of the day there. Enjoyed every minute!
Check out the photos for some of what we saw:
Out on the water, we realize the CN Tower is behind clouds.
Julie, Tony and Sally on the ferry, heading to still-morning-misty Hanlan’s Point.
Helena, ready to take photos – and Tony’s great bike. City in the background, fading fast!
The first red tree we spot on Hanlan’s Point. There weren’t many more that were really _this_ red, so it was nice to spot it.
Ontario Place/Cinesphere in the distance. We’re at Hanlan’s beach here, though the sunbathers are mostly gulls, today! (The clothing-optional beach, just to our left, did have some bold attendees. Reasonable for a hot day.)
A huge tree on Hanlan’s beach, tipped over as a result of the flooding.
Asters! on Hanlan’s Point. Sure sign of fall.
Elizabeth informs me that these are Verbena bonariensis. I always admire them!
What a colour!
My new personal initial! (Thanks, Victor! ;-)) (#whatsvictorupto)
Funny circular panorama of one of Victor Fraser’s great sidewalk murals, this one, on the Centre Island Pier. (#whatsvictorupto)
It was “Island Girl” race day and there were Polynesian dancers near the finish line! Really lovely!!
More of the Polynesian dancers. Very sweet.
The Centre Island Pier from the east, and a ship in the distance.
Tall cruise ship out near the Leslie Spit.
A couple of ships on our “inland sea”! Glorious day for it.
Sally, Helena, Julie enjoying tea & coffee in Tony’s backyard.
Nilla and I cooling down at Tony’s place.
Our wonderful host! Thank you, Tony.
A pop of fall colour: Tony’s backyard planter.
Skylar… here’s all that remains of this year’s Kale Garden, at the Island Café. We went there to cool off in the shade, while awaiting the ferry home. Lovely wrap up to our busy, sunny and beautiful day!
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Sunday, September 24, 2017:
A special trip! We will catch a ParkBus vehicle at 30 CARLTON STREET, just EAST OF YONGE, at 8:30 a.m.
Yep, that’s early!
We’re going to Rouge National Urban Park, the northern section. Intrigued? So am I!
If you’ll join us, you can meet us at the departure point (30 Carlton Street). Plan to arrive a few minutes before 8:30 departure, so they (and we) know you’re present.
OR, meet at the West End Y, very early! I’ll be at the Y and ready to leave promptly at 7:20 a.m. We will depart immediately, to catch our streetcar on Dundas. If you’re slightly late, no worries – but please text me and confer! We’ll decide how you can meet us as quickly as possible.
Please reserve your bus spot. Go HERE and do that, right now. 🙂 We don’t want to leave you behind, if you can join us!
– Choose Sunday, September 24 for both departure and return.
– Opt for 8:30 a.m. depart and 2:30 p.m. return.
– They will request a credit card/refundable $5.00 deposit. If you show up for your reserved seat, you do not pay. This is a special 150 Celebration summer/fall arrangement between ParkBus and Parks Canada. A nice treat.
We need TTC fare, to get over to Yonge Street (and back, later).
Bring usual summer necessities, as it may be quite hot. Since we will be in a field and forest area, I suggest long pants, shoes/boots and socks! Avoiding ticks and mosquitoes? Good plan! No sandals or bare ankles!
Bring a PICNIC LUNCH and a nice full WATER BOTTLE. We’ll have a stop, hopefully somewhere scenic, to enjoy a lunch break before we return. There is nowhere to buy or refill anything, so please don’t forget lunch and water!
Yes, there is a portable, seasonal washroom, in the parking lot. I checked with both ParkBus and Parks Canada and they responded immediately to reassure me of this. Ideal.
This will be a walk unlike any of our others. I hope you’ll join us!
COMING RIGHT UP:
The McMichael Collection, Bluffer’s Park, Montgomery’s Inn (How about that option for next week?), St. James Cemetery, the Don River. Some easy west-end neighbourhood walks, and a couple of east-end walks, too. Lots of new murals and buildings and signal boxes to see, even in our own neighbourhood! It’s been a busy summer
Feel free to bring a friend along to share our walks. If they are joining us this week… make sure they get their ParkBus reservation, too!
We’ll see you soon for another great walk.
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See you Sunday!
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