Photos from Bowmanville Valley
Photos from Lynde Shore Conservation Area
We spend a lot of time in nature year round, but summer, oh summer you whisper to us as the sun rises each morning to get out there, to walk in the woods, to wander and observe, to touch the earth. And so we do.
Last week Reece and I headed out for a hike at Bowmanville Valleys. It was a lovely morning, although the mosquitoes were ravenous. We hiked along the creek, stopped at the fish ladder, and then moved on to the frog pond. We heard the bull frogs, but weren't able to see any. We listened to them for a while before starting the hike back. We made plans, as we walked, to head back this week to check on the frogs, and to harvest some wild mint, we were lucky enough to find a large patch by the pond.
The next day we celebrated Canada Day hiking with friends at one of our favourite trails, Lynde Shore Conservation Area. While Justin, Reece and I have made the long hike down to the lake, our friends hadn't, and so we meandered our way along the trail, stopping to feed chipmunks, and a rabbit, ending at Lake Ontario. While the adults enjoyed a picnic, the kids frolicked in the water, enjoying the cool, clear water after a long hike. After soaking up the peace and calm the water offers, we packed up and headed home, happy and tired.
I love hiking in all seasons, but summer, it has a certain pull that calls to us, asking us to head into the woods a little more often, and to linger a little longer. To picnic, to climb trees, to just be and soak up the beauty of Mother Nature, connecting more deeply to her and the world around us.
What kind of summer nature adventures are calling you?
Head on over to visit Cory, her new CD "Make Your Magic" is coming out next week, and you can enter for your chance to win a copy. Trust me, you want to win this CD, so good!