Sunny Sunday afternoons in October were made for hiking in the woods. The feeling in the woods at this time of year is quite different from the other seasons. Everything seems very finite as the plants and animals make their preparations for the upcoming winter. As you walk, you can see the leaves in a show of yellows, oranges and reds through the mottled sunlight of the forest. Birds who have been spending their summers in the arctic stop for a short visit as they make their way south. If the woods trail happens to wander along the shore of the Bay of Fundy for a while, so much the better.
So, this afternoon we gathered everyone into the car, grabbed the leash for the dog and off we went to the Delap's Cove Wilderness Trail for a hike. Since we were travelling with the younger set, we decided to take the shorter Bohaker Trail. I enjoy this trail because you get to walk through many types of habitat in under an hour. Starting in the woods, you slowly descend to the shore of the Bay of Fundy. After walking along the rocky outcroppings for a while, you turn inland to follow the course of a stream flowing down the North Mountain. This stream always provides an opportunity to race sticks in the flowing water. Sticks are thrown into the water and the winner is the one which navigates the rocks and fallen branches to reach the finish line first. I should note that gambling is strongly discouraged in stick racing.
As you climb the trail to the parking lot, you pass a historic landscape that was once the home of Black Loyalists and their descendants. The remnants of foundations and stone fences stand as a testament to the work these people did to carve an existence out of a harsh northern frontier.
All for now,