Water, Water Everywhere – Beamer Falls

….thanks to Jez for hosting Water, Water Everywhere https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2021/04/26/reflections-2-water-water-everywhere-75/

Last week after we walked through Grimsby Beach Village we got back in the car and drove for a short distance up the Niagara Escarpment to the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area.

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The trail from the parking lot led us to a section of the Bruce Trail which brought us to the edge of the escarpment. From there we had a great view of the town of Grimsby, the highway and Lake Ontario.

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We continued hiking west to find the Beamer Waterfall. This area was similar to other parts of the Bruce Trail that we’ve been on. After awhile we could hear the falls but we had to literally walk out onto a road and go around the barriers to see it properly. Luckily the area was dry and we didn’t have to worry about slipping.

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Another beautiful day for a hike and when we find a waterfall it’s alway a bonus.

Hilton Falls – Water, Water Everywhere #71

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Another trip to a conservation area with a waterfall.

Last week we took a drive to Halton Hills. We had to make a reservation and we were quite surprised at how many cars were in the parking lot for a Wednesday afternoon. The hike started with a steep climb up a rugged path but this was the most difficult part of the hike. After that the paths were wide and relatively smooth.

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It didn’t take too long before we heard the sound of rushing water.

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As the sound got louder the we noticed that the water moved quickly and before too long we found ourselves at the top of Hilton Falls. This waterfall is 10 metres high and at the base are the ruins of a 19th century sawmill.

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The conservation area also has great picnic sites right by the falls and when COVID is over the fire pit will probably be open to the public again.

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After our lunch we headed back on the path that we came on but there was a fork in the road and we headed toward the reservoir.

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All in all we had a wonderful day. On the way home we took a side road instead of the highway and were impressed with the beautiful countryside so close to the city.

Writer’s Quotes Wednesday – Leisure Time

thanks to Marsha for hosting WQWWC https://tchistorygal.net/2021/03/24/wqwwc-17-leisure/?wref=tp

“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. During COVID so many of us have had more time on our hands because commuting was no longer necessary to get to and from work because we were able to work from home but how many of you made use of that extra hour or two to do something for yourself. I’m painfully aware of this after I spend too much of my day binge watching TV.

One of the best things that my husband and I have done since January is to put aside one day a week, in the middle of the week, get into the car and drive somewhere where we can be in nature and go for long hikes and not worry about crowds of people. We’ve had a wonderful time and each week we become a little more organized. This week we even packed a picnic lunch and some weeks we had dinner cooking in the slow cooker so that when we got home dinner was ready.

Here are some of the wonderful places we have visited since January. These are our ‘brightest gems’ in our lives this year.

Ball’s Falls

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Lime House

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Webster’s Falls and Tews Falls

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Tiffany Falls

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Niagara Falls and Dufferin Islands

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Crooks Hollow

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Halton Hills and Hilton Falls

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If you’d like participate in this challenge go to Marsha’s site for the list of upcoming challenges and some tips on how to participate.https://tchistorygal.net/writers-quotes-wednesday-writers-challenge/

Water, Water Everywhere – The King and Queen of Waterfalls

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Last week we took another day trip to take in some more waterfalls. We headed toward the Niagara region where the world’s most famous waterfalls reside, the Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls wihich make up Niagara Falls.

The falls are fed by the Niagara River and the force of this powerful river and subsequent falls powers a huge section of Ontario and New York State.

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Niagara Falls is not the tallest falls in North America but the width and volume of water that flows over the edge makes it the largest falls. Worldwide it is only the ninth largest falls but it is probably the most famous of all the falls and the city is considered the honeymoon capital of the world.

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Water, Water Everywhere – #68

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After our adventure to Tiffany Falls last week we were hoping to find another falls close by but for some reason our GPS kept taking us to someone’s private address. We knew we were close to the Ancaster Mill so we went there instead. It’s beautiful in the summer. Unfortunately or luckily (it’s pretty expensive) the restaurant is closed because of the pandemic but we were able to take in the falls that flows past the mill.

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On our way home we decided to find one more waterfall. Kevin had forgotten that we had actually seen Albion Falls last October but he never got out of the car that day so this sighting was new for him. I must say that most falls take on a different appearance when the seasons change and I was pleased to see it again.

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This is as close as one can get to the falls and there is no access to the base of the falls this time of year.