Today was a lot windier than it's been in a while, and although as a rule of thumb, I try to safely avoid the trails on such blustery days for fear of falling trees and/or branches, I just couldn't resist the incredible views of the #Woolverton
cliffs along the mighty Bruce Trail in #Grimsby
The secret is to keep your head on a swivel. It's important to watch every step you take, but you also need to keep your eyes and ears open. A loud cracking sound is your cue to raise your arms high above your head, and run as quickly as possible in the opposite direction. No time to think - just react. Luckily, I haven't had to try it out yet, but it's hard not to think about it when the leaves are whipping all around you. That's the best strategy I've come up with so far for not getting killed out there. Any thoughts? Other than not going hiking in the first place, would you react any differently?
On the way back to my Jeep, I noticed that the sun had disappeared across the landscape, so I looked behind me and the sky had transformed itself into a dark shade of grey. I figured the rains were finally coming, so I doubled my pace - no more sight-seeing. Then, a bit further down, I thought I heard the slow-rolling rumble of thunder fast approaching, so I doubled my pace once again.
Good news! My back felt great, the thunder was either a one and done or what I heard was the roar of the wind raging through the treetops, and the rain totally held off. Also, I met a guy named Matt at a section where the trail was completely blocked off by a fallen tree, forcing both of us to go around through the moss and the rocks, and we had a really nice chat about all the best spots to go #kayaking
. Overall, it was a great day.
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