Ours is quiet but it’s also special – a first Thanksgiving for a new Canadian in the house, me! N’s work-all-weekend schedule for a big project shifted at the last minute, so we headed up to visit the Cheltenham Badlands formation along the Bruce Trail in Caledon.
We saw no horses but one family did get called-out with a strained, “Excuse me!” after being seen to litter. It’s so chill that even the women in heels (seriously?) were still upright as they explored the beautiful formation.
The view just to the right, and above the line of vehicles parked on the road was gorgeous. It’s a short drive, and such a lovely difference for wide-open fall colour.
After a week of rainy weather the blue sky and mild fall weather was divine – just divine.
The formation itself was a playground for all the kids, and like a page from my high school geography text books.
Over-grazing when this land was farmed in the 1930s exposed the Queenston shale. The fully dry hills and gullies just drew us in… both kids and dogs were tearing across them and all the smiles were infectious.
A succinct explanation of the formation is given here. Continued erosion is affecting the trees along its perimeter.
The tree-life ringing the formation showed the effects of continued erosion.
It wasn’t all posing, and people-watching. We had fun exploring the open sections of the trail, and even with such a huge crowd it really was a super day-trip.
Still more thanks for friends who are reaching out on Toby’s passing. It is gradually less raw but no, we are not looking for a new family dog at the moment.
We still miss our little guy and neither of us feels ready just yet.