Happy New Year! My first hiking session of the year is in Bronte Creek Provincial Park for #FirstDayHike.
After a quiet celebration at home last night (watching the ball drop in NY, because apparently no one in Toronto was streaming live), I’m kicking off 2017 outside in minus degree weather. Chilly!
Things I had anticipated: Snow – check. Snow over and in to my shoes – check. Me, wishing I had ordered those snow gaiters in November – check.
What I didn’t anticipate – call it naivety or ignorance – was the ice!
It was still a beautiful new year out here; there was enough snow on the sides of the trails to keep your footing.
Even the drive out to Oakville wasn’t too bad. Bronte Creek Provincial Park is right off the 403 – an easy commute from Toronto.
I started off in Avalon Parkette and walked along the Bronte Creek Trail, which connects to the Ravine Trail in Bronte Park about a kilometer in. I tried my hand at a panorama shot at the ‘lookout’. My phone definitely has a better panorama setting than the tablet, but I still need to work on this for sure.
I followed that until it joins the Logging Trail, and then kept to the perimeter of the park along the Half Moon Valley Trail, and finally the Trillium Trail. To complete the loop I followed a few park pathways back up. Made some friends along the way.
There is also a farm in the park, with cows and turkeys. I didn’t find anything else but I wasn’t really looking. The cows were a bit camera shy – we had entire conversations about the weather, but as soon as I started to record a video, they went silent.
The turkeys did make a little noise for the camera but nothing that could be easily identified as ‘gobble gobble’.
All in all a good day, and a good start to the new year. I leave you with an obligatory selfie:
Week 1 is done! 51 more to go.