I’ve written about place. About not feeling connected to a geography. And yet… each fall there is one place I miss – Ontario. Of all the many many places I’ve lived and visited around the world I have yet to experience a place that has autumns as pretty as the ones I remember from Ontario. This year I decided to indulge myself with a Haliburton hike.
My sister lives in Haliburton Ontario and her birthday is October 2nd – the start of the fall colours. And so I routed my trip to Arkansas through Toronto, rented a car and drove three hours north to Haliburton. We always do something wonderful and outdoorsy when I visit my sis. If I come in the summer she takes me canoeing, which I adore. But this was a little late in the year for canoes so Elli suggested we take advantage of the local Hike Haliburton Festival; an entire weekend of guided hikes through some of the prettiest country anywhere.
We chose Hike 38: On Anson Mountain. It’s a 14 kilometre hike across beaver damns and back country to a spectacular view from a lunch stop on top of Anson Mountain.
Sadly, it was about a week too early for the full splash of autumn colours in this corner of Ontario. Yet even in the few days that I was there I could see change in the trees.
I can’t write anything as lovely as the Haliburton scenery, so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.