Most of you have probably never heard of Hamilton, Ontario … and if you did, it likely wasn’t in a complimentary way. Hamilton’s gritty, rough reputation as a steel town has stuck to it like a bad odour.
I’m also guessing that you wouldn’t think a Steel Town could be a destination for a hiker needing a recharge in nature.
But it is.
And that’s because Hamilton just might be the Waterfall Capital of the World. It is reported to have over 100 waterfalls. I’ve visited a lot of them, both big and small, but the novelty never seems to wear off.
… and that’s where Deb (Widow Badass) and I decided to take our hike this week.
On this trip, however, I was taken by surprise.
The plan was to visit two specific falls – Tews Falls and Websters Falls – and a section of trail which runs along the top of the Niagara Escarpment. I remembered it to be a beautiful rugged trail.
But that’s not what we found.
I appreciate that municipalities need to “idiot-proof” their green spaces – to protect both humans and the ecology of the area – but the changes still made me sad.
The rugged trail is now a superhighway:
And there are fences everywhere:
Maybe it’s just my memory that’s wrong. It’s times like this that I mourn the loss of my photo library.
That doesn’t mean I had a bad time. On the contrary, I had a great time. All it takes is a beautiful day outdoors and great company to share it with.
The scenery is just a backdrop.