THE CAFFEINATED HIKER RETURNS

Greetings blog followers! I apologize for my almost year and a half of silence. Life after the PCT has been weird and exciting and amazing and really, really hard.

Here’s the Sparknotes update: After a long and difficult 7 months of long-distance, Gummies finally moved to Canada with me at the end of May 2018. We got married on July 21, 2018, and about one month afterwards, relocated from Ontario to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where Gummies is currently pursuing his masters degree in urban planning. About one year after he moved here, we received the exciting news that he had been approved to become a permanent resident of Canada!

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Wedding photo by the amazing and lovely SN Photography.

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The Caffeinated Hiker Thru the Ages

The Caffeinated Hiker Thru the Ages

I’ve been thinking about my “hiking backstory” recently. I’ve been hiking literally longer than I can remember, so I went straight to the source (my parents) to gather information about my early hiking days. We all had a good time going through family photos (warning: this post will be photo heavy) and reminiscing about hiking trips of old.

Awenda

Elora Gorge

Travelling in style during my earliest hiking experiences

My first hiking experiences began at the age of 5 months, although I’m not sure those really count seeing as I rode along in a pack carried by my dad. Early hiking excursions included trips to Awenda Provincial Park here in Ontario, Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick, and Mackinac Island in Michigan.

Hiking in Awenda - Kristin's 5 km trek (first hike)

My first ever (self-propelled) hike! Now my little brother is in the backpack.

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Car Camping + Day Hikes in Bon Echo Provincial Park!

I spent this past weekend enjoying the ‘luxuries’ of car camping for a few days. I travelled up to Bon Echo Provincial Park for two nights of car camping with my parents, where we completed three short hiking trails, and enjoyed other activities such as canoeing, swimming, and playing cards in the shelter while it poured rain.

Campsite at Bon Echo

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Our campsite! (Highly recommend the Hardwood Hill campground)

Some of the luxuries of car camping:

  • Waking up to the sound of pouring rain, and knowing you can relax in the tent as long as you’d like
  • Eating meals with more than 1 or 2 ingredients (and fresh fruits + veggies!)
  • Cold cans of beer
  • Sleeping in the mansion that is a free-standing two-person tent

Photographic representation of the luxuries of car camping

Since this is a hiking blog, I’ll focus on the three trails we completed: the High Pines trail, the Clifftop Trail, and the second loop of the Abes and Essens Trail. Each of these trails will have a short section below.

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