A Lovely Little World

Adventures in Southern Ontario

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Punchbowl hike in the fog

My birthday is at the end of January. That means a lot of cancelled birthday plans for bad weather. It’s meant that some years I’m reluctant to even try, so I had one main goal this year… hike a waterfall in Hamilton. Hamilton is known for its waterfalls and I’ve only seen maybe three of them. My cousin Liz said she’d go with me on my actual birthday, a Sunday. Of course, the weather wasn’t good. It was insanely foggy, which, by the way, is very weird for a Canadian winter. We went anyway, and despite the ridiculous amount of mud, which added weight to our boots, it was worth it.

I couldn’t really see the waterfall, but I managed to create some of my favourite images in years.

There is something about fog that instantly adds a level of mystery to your photographs. The world becomes an entirely different place. Devil’s punchbowl is on the far east side of Hamilton, and it’s also home to a really amazing bakery, (Best peanut butter pies you’ve EVER eaten).

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The downside to Hamilton waterfalls – even in the bad weather – there are tons of people who hike there. We saw at least three other groups of people and heard more. Although I guess that’s not exactly busy. It’s just not remote/secluded, like places where you would hike in Northern Ontario.

The trails here are slightly steep, so if it’s muddy, be careful unless you want to go for a slide, but otherwise, I would do it again – especially in the fog.


Exploring Beamer’s Falls in Grimsby

Friends of mine LOVE Sushi Eight¬†and I had never been, so my friend, Joe, and I went last weekend. There are three locations, and one is in Grimsby (my dad’s home town). The food was DELICIOUS, but that’s not the point of this post. On the way home, we decided to stop at Beamer’s Falls for a short hike. It’s along the Bruce Trail, sort of near the Devil’s Punch Bowl.

grimsby, bruce trailThere isn’t actually much of a trail “to hike”. You sort of walk down a path to a look-out and then if you want to get closer to the falls, you can slide down the side of the escarpment and go a bit of a ways a long the edge. Then you get to another smaller falls, but basically at this point, the edge drops off to a cliff that goes straight down. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous you could go further I guess, but we were just stopping on a whim, and the ground was pretty slippery and muddy, so we stopped.

If nothing else, take a drive a long the escarpment, it’s always beautiful.

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