Thursday, 7 June 2018

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

Queenston Heights, Ontario

The Start of the Bruce

Just a few metres from a monument marking the death of Sir Isaac Brock in the War of 1812, is the starting point of the southernmost entrance of the Bruce Trail.  At 7:00 a.m., I, with companions, Vaishnav, Jagannath Misra, Sukavak, Karuna, Narayani, and friend Kent, began this 900 kilometre trail and headed north.

The trail is awesome, with its Carolina-like forest in the southerly portion, ancient rocks next to the Niagara River, and green vegetation of all sorts.  One of the highlights of this trail is the diverse eco-systems.  You turn a corner, and you observe a sudden patch of daisies all around, and at another bend, trees of majestic stature.  The surface of the trail ranges from packed deciduous clay, to mud, sand, and then gravel.

It was surprising to me to notice more people.  However, at one point, in our mere 12.5 kilometre trek for the day, after venturing through some steep areas of almost climb, we met Dracon.  Dracon sported a sunhat and an attached head net to address everyone’s favorite entity, the mosquito.

Dracon is originally from China, worked as a server in a Chinese restaurant in Canada, and told the restaurant owners that he was quitting in order to spend the month of June hiking the Bruce Trail.

We asked him why he was hiking, and camping the whole trek.

“To get a peace of mind,” he said solemnly.

Our group reached Woodend Conservation and left it to return at a time of our convenience in the future.  It was from there, hours later after our start, that we returned to do other devotional activities.

May the Source be with you!
12.5 km

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