On Sunday Mike took me hiking and swimming at Kelso Conservation Area, which is also where he works during the week. We spent the afternoon hiking along the many trails they offer, explored some mini-caves, and then hit the beach to relax! It was the perfect weather to go hiking as it wasn’t too hot, and it was cloudy enough to block the sun from beating down on us. Overall we hiked about 5 kilometers I’d guess, and had a lot of fun. It’s nice to get out into nature and get some exercise at the same time.
The trails actually happened to start at the top of a ski hill, so we started off our hike going up said ski hill. It’s always so weird seeing a ski resort without any snow. In the winter you’d never know that the chalet even had stone pavement underneath! Also, the chairlifts looks so out of place with green grass and trees with leaves everywhere.
When you got to the top and walked towards the cliffs the view was amazing! It’s so weird to think that all this is out here and Toronto is just like 30 minutes away or so.
It seems Kelso had a little bit of everything! It’s part of the Niagara Escarpment , and the Bruce Trail felt like the terrain changed over and over as you walked. Some areas were thick with vegetation, some was rocky and filled with trees, and then you’d come into open fields. The hike never got boring thanks to the scenery always changing. There were even wild raspberries, and other wild berries growing all around the trail. I stayed on the lookout for any wild animals, but besides one chipmunk and some birds didn’t see anything too exciting.
The highlight of the hike for me was checking out two caves, albeit rather small ones. One was nicknamed ‘Slim Jim’ because it was SO small. It was a tight squeeze getting out of it, but I did it! Since my blog is named the ‘Dave Cavern’ I wasn’t about to let the opportunity to climb through a cave go to waste.
We then spent the rest of the afternoon by the beach where I dosed off under the sun and we played some cards. Relaxing end to the day!