We are finding that as get get closer to the National Park, and special phenomenon such as this, there is a horde ( well maybe 10-12 in small groups) that all want to hike in and see these. We met one such family who had just parked their car by a roadside access point, and when I saw the 7 yr old girl starting up the path in flip flops, I looked at her mom and asked if she had any other footwear… Sure enough, some full back Merrill sandles were in the car, ready to be retrieved! I’m sure they all enjoyed the hike a little more.
I don’t think I’ve seen anything come as close to “the moon door” ( sorry, another Game of Thrones reference) as this. When you combine it with otherworldly forests with root systems that reach throughout the earth, I swear George R R Martin has spent time here!
As we walked along this part of the trail, there were a couple of plaques indicating donated land from both the Lillie family and the Dyers Bay Land Association of Ann Arbor Michigan. I just want to add my personal thanks for their extraordinary donation so that generations to come may enjoy this wonderful part of the trek!
All in all, the day was a little longer, a little harder and a little more hilly than the day before, but the cooler temps and the wonderful breeze made it an excellent day nonetheless!
Home we went, into the showers and then off for supper with our hostess! We lucked out! The fish and chip place “Lone Wolf” was open, and we had a delectable meal of fresh Georgian Bay Whitefish, and chips!
Tomorrow, Glenn and Gwen are meeting us for our final kms to the end of the trail. We’ve been blessed to have friends start us off, join us in the middle and then see us through to the end! It’s been both great company and great support!
As we head into the long weekend, we are expecting to see a lot more people on the trail ( coupled with the fact that we will be hiking the last 4o km or so through a national park that is fully booked for the weekend!). G and G are both early risers, so I expect we’ll be hitting the park before half the hikers will be out of bed!!!
Looking forward to keeping you update to date with our progress once again! ( let’s hope the wifi in our last place is as good as this!) Until tomorrow!!!