What a glorious day for a hike in the late summer forest!
Seven of us left Spine Beach heading west along the lower Ski Trail to the first loop and up to the Upper Ski Trail and west to Mink Lake.
The rich aromas and sight of fall asters and golden rod, Indian Cucumber added to the tinge of colour in the trees.
We stopped and marveled at the magic of seed pods from jewel weed which exploded with a light touch.
Discussion topics included a trip to Misery Bay on Manitoulin Island, ice cream , to ways to grow garlic, to decisions about end of life!!
We rock hopped around the east end of Mink Lake . Driftwoo
d had been fashioned into amazing shapes by wind and wave action.
Lunch was further down the shoreline of Mink Line. We sat on logs and shared some pretzels!
Along the way we were amazed by the huge contorted root systems that had been pushed over by the force of previous wind storms
10 km on a hot sunny late summer day encouraged most of us to go for a swim afterwards.