I want to complain bitterly about what a miserable month April has been, but after I looked through my photos, I realized the unseasonably cold weather didn’t really hamper us much as we continued to push forward on the trail.
When we were finally rewarded with a perfect spring day, we had butterfly sightings, woodpeckers, blue jays, and the call of a loon on Stoco Lake as we passed through the town of Tweed.
I don’t get to hear the call of a loon very often, and when I do, it always sends shivers up my spine – in a feel-good, dopey-grin kind of way.
The beginning of April saw us passing through the town of Campbellford. I had been eagerly awaiting this trip because of a suspension bridge over the gorge with a lookout over Ranney Falls. This was going to have all things I love – a bridge, a gorge, and some waterfalls.
Whenever I start developing expectations, it’s never a good thing. Reality can rarely compete with my overblown expectations.
That’s not to say it was a complete bust … the view downstream was spectacular with great spikes of ice built up along the rock wall lining the river.
I’m particularly proud of these photos since it was a challenge taking pictures through the high metal fencing that lined both sides of the pedestrian bridge.
The view of Ranney Falls itself was underwhelming.
Let’s just say, I’ve seen a lot of waterfalls and this one wouldn’t make my favourites list.
The unseasonably cold weather meant that small patches of snow continued to be a regular feature, although mud on the trail has been nudging the snow into irrelevance.
We were so excited to encounter a large wall of rock just outside of Tweed. Our first thought was that the trail was starting to move into the legendary Canadian Shield.
At last! The trail was finally going to get really interesting!
Unfortunately, our excitement was short-lived, and before long we were back to the flat “sameness” we’ve been experiencing throughout our entire journey in Southern Ontario.
There is still so much ahead, and the best part is that spring is finally here! Before long we’ll be seeing green instead of endless brown.
Changing Seasons is a monthly photo feature hosted this year by Su Leslie from Zimmerbitch. Check out Su’s world as New Zealand enters autumn.