I've been checking out nearby trails, and this was the closest piece of the Bruce Trail to where we now actually live. And I read in the Trail Guide that there was an interesting crevice along this section of the trail, a crevice described as possibly 'claustrophobic'! So a week or two ago I headed out for a short walk, though it was a dull and cold November day.
There had been a bit of snow the day before, but it was half melted. I just followed the blazes along the obvious path.
Many of the ferns that love the limestone rock are evergreen, like this Maidenhair Spleenwort,
and this Northern Holly Fern. They're common all along the trail here.
I have to say this was one of the rockiest sections of the trail I have walked, either bare solid bedrock, or loose smaller rocks that meant you had to be very careful with your footing.
At this time of the year the main green you see is the moss on the rocks. And there were several like these which I do not see very often. Somehow I need to find a way to learn more about mosses, they're so common along the trail.
Then I got to the first crevice, the trail went straight through it.
This was a short and simple crevice, not too deep, and certainly not claustrophobic. I had read about the crevice on the trail, but this was obviously just a warm-up.
Taking pictures down in the crevice is a challenge because the crevice is dark, while the sky above is bright. Lots of mosses on the sides of the crevice. I went straight through and out the other end.
Continuing on the upper level, in a short distance I came to this sign. First time I've ever seen a crevice described as claustrophobic, although there are lots of interesting crevices along the Bruce Trail in a number of locations. At any rate, I was alone, and I could not find any white blazes beyond this point. Maybe you had to go through the crevice to find them. Time was passing and I had to head back, so I left this crevice for another day, planning to bring a friend to help me find it, and maybe hold my hand! That will be Part II.
Now I am really curious about it...I hope you go back and find it soon.ReplyDelete
Fascinating. I look forward to seeing it.ReplyDelete
Always good to have company when in dangerous places!!! Loves the mosses and ferns. and those steps up the narrow crevice, I would be staying right out of the way.ReplyDelete
Well I am curious now, it must be really bad if they put up a sign.ReplyDelete
There's a famous route in the English Lake District called "Fat Man's Agony", maybe this is similar.ReplyDelete
Hello, that looks like a neat place to hike. The ferns and greenery are beautiful. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!ReplyDelete
Interesting! It would probably be sheltered down in there too on your cold November day. It looks so pretty. I would definitely take a friend for the bigger crevice.ReplyDelete
nice greenery - the ferns look like worms, or at least i thought so!!!ReplyDelete
The rocky terrain sounds like happy trails!ReplyDelete
That must be some very narrow crevice to have the sign there. Look forward to seeing it. Good idea to take along a friend.
The look of the crevice you did pass through reminds me of those I've seen further south along the Escarpment, but since it's all the same geologic formation, that would make sense.ReplyDelete
It's good to see there is still life growing even when it's cold.ReplyDelete
Or consider bypass if you are a chunky soul. Love mosses.ReplyDelete