For our third and final trick of the first day of my birthday weekend adventures, we made an impromptu stop at Spirit Rock Conservation Area.
Spirit Rock itself was not yet open for the season, which meant parking at the street entrance, but that didn’t stop anyone. We passed a couple runners, and heard more people out on the trail.
It’s a long walk in, but it was a nice day so we didn’t mind. Plus, more steps!
The first thing that greets you at the parking lot is the ruins. They make it pretty easy for those that aren’t here for the hike.
There are a couple sets of ruins. One is the main house, and in much better condition. The other is the barn, in not so great condition.
But I guess that’s about the way with most barns. They fall apart on properties that are still in use, right?
I got sidetracked with the pretty flowers and early signs of spring, as I usually do.
There’s something eerie about walking about dilapidated buildings, even in broad daylight. And I love it.
The main house looked to have kept a good chunk of its side walls up. This is the library wall, as per the floor plan.
I do enjoy when they have the history of these places. Not that I commit any of it to memory, but it’s fun to learn of in the moment.
I definitely took the most photos of this hike at the ruins.
This was taken from the front porch, looking back to the kitchen.
You know, what was left of the “front porch”, anyway.
And then we were on our way! Hiking might be the main attraction, but that doesn’t stop me getting distracted. Like by these stairs.
A short walk from the parking lot, the trail splits. You can either keep straight and head down those stairs to the main Bruce Trail, or go right and stay in the Spirit Rock side trail. We stayed right.
The Spirit Rock side trail follows the escarpment along the east side of the conservation area, before looping back through its center.
It does offer some pretty fantastic views over Colpoy’s Bay.
There’s also some interesting features along the trail.
And then, of course, the area’s namesake “Spirit Rock”. Thankfully, with signage, otherwise I’d have never picked it out.
And more signs of spring!
The loop back was a lot more foresty and a lot less rocky.
And as is typical of spring, it did get pretty wet in some areas.
While trying to avoid the watered down areas, I came around a bush and right in to this guy!
That picture is not my immediate reaction. I did move back cautiously, right back in to my friend, and then we moved back together. Our little buddy didn’t seem too perturbed by our sudden appearance, thankfully. So then I took his photo and we took the long way around the bog back to the main driveway, and back to the car!
No tracking for birthday weekend adventures yet. Until I can find myself a good charging set up. Any ideas?