Rattlesnake Point

In spite of the fact I have a long list of ‘must-dos’ to take care of, I’m distracted by a desire to be outdoors in the weak November sunshine, or lost in some creative endeavour.

Instead I started to poke around some photos I took last weekend while hiking with Deb from the Widow Badass. It had been a beautiful day which started out with glorious sunshine, eventually devolving into an increasingly moody sky.

So indulge me while I procrastinate from things I really don’t feel like doing …

Our destination last Sunday morning was Rattlesnake Point and a side trail that would take us to the main Bruce Trail and Crawford Lake.

Yeaaaah … no, we didn’t.

We never made it to Crawford Lake.

I misread the map and misread the trail markers. Sometimes it happens, but in the end it didn’t really matter. Just being outdoors was the entire point.

Most of the leaves were off the trees and we missed the magnificent views of autumn colours the top of the escarpment would have provided.

… but we didn’t care.

We had plenty of other things to distract us, like the caves and crevices that can be found throughout the Bruce Trail.

On rare occasions the trail will actually lead through one of these massive crevices, but for the most part it isn’t recommended to go off-trail, especially to descend into these rock caverns.

However, with the Badass as my hiking partner, ‘shoulds’ tend to get ignored.

The slippery leaves covering unseen hazards made us extra cautious (as much as abandoning the trail can be considered cautious), but that still didn’t stop me from scraping my leg on a large sharp boulder.

User beware.

Photo by Deb

You may be wondering how Rattlesnake Point got its name. Thankfully not from an actual rattlesnake, although the massasauga rattlesnake does make its home in the rocky areas of the Bruce Trail.

However with the cold temperatures, it was easy to be brave. I considered the risk of encountering a snake very low.

… but I digress.

Back to Rattlesnake Point … according to the all-knowing Wikipedia, it derived its name from “the snake-like path cut by glaciers along the edges of the Niagara Escarpment”. Personally, I think it’s a bit of a stretch, but whatever.

When I finally acknowledged that we had ‘somehow’ missed our trail to Crawford Lake, we decided to stop for a snack, sitting on a log by a pretty little creek, and then headed back to the parking lot where we had left our cars.

It was a great morning, on my favourite trail, with an awesome companion, at our badassery best.

35 comments

  1. I “get it” on the must-dos, and then I lose myself in blogs. 🙂 Interesting (and hazardous) hiking area. My immediate question was going to be about the name “Rattlesnake Point” although, I figured there may be an answer when I continued to read. Is Wikipedia always correct? I see how Deb is wearing “my” backpack, exact size. Mine is looking worn, with label worn off, because I take it everywhere. I think you ended up getting a similar one, Joanne for Newfoundland? Anyways, I digress. I enjoy the photos! Nice to get the hikes in with your awesome companion.🙂

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  2. I’m glad you’ve found another hiking partner though I have the feeling this won’t be the last time you two go off piste! And I agree with you that getting outside while you can is far more important than any to do list.

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  3. Now I can’t think of any humdrum daily chore that should’ve prevented you from enjoying this glorious piece of the great outdoors, Joanne. Good on you for having your priorities straight!

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    • I think sometimes that our modern world has instilled this sense of responsibility and obligation to constantly ‘get things done’. We’re always busy, busy, busy like it’s some kind of badge of honour. Time spent on recharging activities like a simple walk outdoors gets discounted as frivolous and an unnecessary luxury.

      I think the opposite is true. We NEED that time outdoors!

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  4. What a fun day!! Getting lost is part of the adventure for sure. The leaves are gorgeous, but man, I slipped on some when I was hiking along the Napali Coast – twerked my knee – had to hobble for 5 miles back to the trailhead. boo. Not sure I could resist the temptation to check out at least ONE cave. Cheers Joanne! Hope you are having a great weekend!

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  5. It’s so beautiful! I can almost hear the wet leaves crunch under my feet, and smell the dampness of it all. AHHH!

    Did I spy a blue painted rock in one of the images of Deb?

    I hope the scrape isn’t too bad and it is well on the way to being all healed up.

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    • You have a good eye – yes, that is a blue ‘something’. I admit I didn’t look at it closely. It appears that someone had set up a little display of various things but it was mostly gone. That little blue elephant remained.

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    • I actually got off easy, Su. I expected it to swell and bruise up which it didn’t. It was ‘just’ a really decent scrape removing a few layers of skin 😏

      My biggest fear is falling and breaking bones. I don’t ever want to be THAT person who has to be rescued from a trail. That would be mortifying!

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      • I’m so glad Joanne. I’d just been talking to a friend who’d had a small injury turn into a nightmare, so I guess I was panicking a bit.
        I understand what you mean about trail injuries. My mother broke her wrist on Buachaille Etive Mòr [https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/fortwilliam/buachailleetivemor.shtml] — back in her Monro-bagging days [https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/munros/ ].
        She was fortunate not to have been to far into the walk and was in a large group of experienced climbers. No ride in the rescue helicopter for her — but she was so upset about “spoiling” the day.

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        • That’s terrible for your friend. It happens – those small injuries we don’t take too seriously can really come back and bite hard.

          The good news is that it was your mom’s wrist and not an ankle or knee. I know I’ve often said that today’s disaster is tomorrow’s great story, but the embarrassment we feel seems to live on forever.

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          • For my mum, it turned out to be quite a good thing. She found out that she had osteoporosis and probably wouldn’t have had it diagnosed otherwise. It spurred her on to really taken charge of her health and fitness to keep the effects of it at bay. She has given up climbing mountains now — but after her wrist healed, she did quite a few more “expeditions.”

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  6. I love how you blame me for forays off the trail when I want the world to know it’s all you, Joanne! 😜
    Let’s go check out these rock caverns she says.
    It’ll be fun she says.
    There I said it. The blogoverse must know the truth! 😉
    All kidding aside, it was a great (although quite chilly) day on the trail with you, as usual 💕

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    • Hi Natalie – I thought I had responded to your email. I’ll have to go back and take a look. If the preliminary weather forecast is to be trusted, we are going to have a very cold morning!

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