Short and Sweet – Feeling Obligated

It’s a rather coolish Friday morning here at the “old homestead.”

Three days ago in our area of Ontario, the temperatures were cresting 30C. Today the temperature is projected to be about a third of that. Right now, it is only 4C outside and raining….yikes.

Lynn and I over the last week, have been trying to head on out hiking and walking as much as we can. As much as from the physical need to be active, but also from the mental wellness perspective as well.

For the last two Thursdays, we’ve climbed in the car and drove over to the Town of Collingwood to hike their extensive trail system. Collingwood and this area of south Georgian Bay, has one of the most extensive in town and slightly out of town trail systems in our area.

Given the pandemic restrictions and stuff over the past 15 months or so, we haven’t been as active in our hiking and outdoor adventures as we likely should have been. As such, it is taking a bit more time to shake off the rust, knee and hip pain than we normally might have.

Yesterday, we covered 7.5 to 8.0 kms along the Georgian Trail and a couple of shorters trails that connect with it.

The picture to the right are some yellow Lady Slipper we found along the edge of one of the smaller trails. They are wild orchids that are either very uncommon or common depending on where you live in the province.

It us took about and 1hour and 45 minutes to do, although for some reason it did seem longer than that.

Not exceedingly fast, but good I though for us, considering we need to get out more.

I can proudly report this morning that, the knee and hip pain that I had been experiencing the day after our hikes last week is hardly prevalent this morning.

So, I’m not sure why I’m posting this, other than I feel somewhat obligated to post some original content.

I get that this isn’t a post that you will hurriedly bookmark to come back and reread to motivate yourself to even greater deeds. It’s unlikely that I will even do that.

But, it does feel good to at least post something original, even if it isn’t too captivating. But, as I finish the post off, you know what?

I do feel pretty good about. And i’ll take that as a win for the team.

— as alway with love —

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Road Tripping – Owen Sound and Meaford

Although we love to visit communities of all sizes when we’re out on an adventure, we don’t often make the community the adventure so to speak.

What I mean by that is, we might be hiking or adventuring close by and may stop in an adjacent community for a bite to eat or to put a bit of fuel in the car.

The one thing we rarely do but have done from time to time in the past is “urban hiking.”

One definition of urban hiking I happened to stumble across is this, “Urban hiking might  be defined as, an active walk taken in an urban environment that goes through parks, uses stairwells, crosses intersections, and meanders through the city’s obstacles of life.”

In addition, Lynn likes to shoot every so often, pictures that aren’t normally nature or hiking related. To keep the creative and technical things sharp, she likes to shoot areas or subjects she might not normally spend much time photographing.

Such was the confluence of these two elements in the past few days. An urban hike to photograph something different.

Having a purpose in mind, we simply needed a place.

And what better place, than Owen Sound and Meaford for the day. Just a relatively short hop from the “old homestead” and both being just down the road from the other.

This looks like it was going to work.

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Of the many things we adore about Owen Sound, is its architecture in and around the downtown.

Some shots from here.

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An outstanding feature of the many things that make Meaford a great spot, is the waterfront and harbour area.

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The spookiest tree we’ve ever seen. It was across the road from the harbour and waterfront.

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Urban hiking/walking – is it worth it?

Absolutely it is.

If this type of hike is something that you don’t normally undertake, especially if your exploring time is normally spent out on a trail, having an open mind to what you might discover in my opinion is the best first step. Often larger municipalities have urban walking routes with maps that you might be able to get a local tourist information site.

There are plenty of outdoors types who would never be caught hiking through an urban environment, and I get that. As much as being in nature is to “get away from the noise and busyness of built-up areas”, discovering and seeing new and exciting sights is also part of the mix as well.

So, having an open mind to what might fall across your path, I think, sets a good course for the day. Urban hiking has it’s drawbacks and issues as well. Nevertheless, the same approaches one would apply on a wilderness trail can be applied here. Be aware of your surroundings; don’t head into spots if you’re unsure of. You get the idea.

One of the best aspects of this is, you just might be able to head out in your own backyard for an enjoyable day spent exploring the city you live in. We often live in communities, but never get out and explore what is simply around “the corner.”

Thanks for visiting and hope that you can take an opportunity and explore “the nooks and crannies” in our neighbourhood.

Remember…

 

—  get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself  —