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Hiking in a Hurricane

by on Aug.30, 2011, under Travel

Jane, Jeff and I just got back from an epic hike through the wilds of Frontenac Provincial Park. Our route took us 10 Km into the back woods of some of the most beautiful hiking trails that southern Ontario has to offer.

We started our adventure by packing up Friday night. In my ongoing attempt to go ultralight (I came close) I packed up my new Neo-Air pad into my lightweight Osprey Exos 58 pack, grabbed my trekking poles and my readied my ultralight barefoot running shoes. We woke up early, loaded the car, and headed out to pick up Jeff and some brain fuzz removing Timmies as we zipped out of the City on a sleepy Saturday morning. Soon enough we arrived at the park, registered, and prepared to start out adventure.

Saturday was an interesting series of trails that harked back to the logging days of the park bringing us past old broken down trucks as well as abandoned and collapsed homesteads.

Tired and sweaty we arrived at our campsite mid afternoon where we setup out tent (and Jeff his hammock), then proceeded to pile into the water for a nice relaxing swim and soak. Unable to help ourselves we all laid down to take a rejuvenating nap before facing the rigors of cooking dinner.

Later that night we enjoyed dinner and roasted marshmallows over the campfire before heading to bed for the night. Little did we know that hurricane Irene was going to give us a wake up call the next morning.

Sunday we woke to howling winds ripping through our tent. We packed up our gear and carefully  took down the tent without letting it go for fear of it getting ripped from our hand and blowing into the woods. Then after filling our bags and devouring some Clif bars for breakfast we hit the trails in an effort to beat the rain we all knew was coming.

On the upside the cool weather and high winds made for a wonderful low sweat and bug free hike. We climbed hills and scurried over rocks while taking the occasional break to enjoy the stormy views we came across.

Finally we arrived safely at the car before any rain had a chance to fall, piled in achy and sore, and headed towards the sweet rewards of Wendy’s resturant. Our trip took us 20Km through the woods during which I keep my GPS active so I could record our track.


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This is a view of our route. Approximately 20Km long ending at cluster 10.

Now despite our hurried trek from the woods and the seemingly imminent rains only a few drops landed on our windshield during the ride home. Oh well, I guess my car will stay dirty for another week.

Until the next trip!

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