February 2, 2013: KM 282.6 - 298.7

(Caledon 29.7 km - 45.8 km) Graham, Chris & Fiona

In preparation for the hiking in Chile, yesterday we had our first try at a winter hike! We got a late start, around 11:30, up in the Caledon area. It was pretty cold out!

The trail started with just under a kilometer of hiking through the woods before coming back to the road for a pretty long segment. There was 1-2 inches of snow on the ground, and on the sides of some of the trees, making it a bit more challenging to follow the trail (but not too bad).

A pretty long segment followed Airport Road. The snow on the sides was deeper, so we tried to stick close to the road, only going off to the side when large trucks would pass by.

The trail then cut in to Glen Haffey Conservarion Area, which had some nice wide pathways.

Chris wanted a photo of him on the Humber River to show his students (because it runs past their school). There were a few bridges.. Is one of these the Humber?

The last ~5km part of the trail had a bunch of steep and slippery ups & downs. The last of these ups ended with a nice view.

Back in the car, trying to grab a sip of water, we found the water bottles frozen over:

We finished right at 3:30, so in total it took almost exactly 4 hours to travel about 16km. Pretty good pace considering the conditions. Fiona and I spent the night at Hockley Valley (Whirlpool & Sauna were nice!) before heading home this morning.