One of the best parts of the Canadian autumn is the beautiful foliage we get to experience in our bountiful landscape. Throughout my childhood and into my adolescence, I always loved the outdoors and although I missed out on a few camping excursions this summer, I’ve never been one to shy away from Mother Nature. So, I thought, why not take up the nutshell’s fall bucket list before winter is upon us and it’s too late!
Yesterday afternoon, it turned out that a stroll through the Gatineau Hills was just what the doctor ordered. The sun was shining, it wasn’t too hot nor was it too cold, the leaves were emblazoned with crimson shades; a perfect afternoon for a wike (walk + hike. . . yeah, I did that) and a picnic. After a quick 15 minute drive from the Ottawa downtown core, I found hiking trails at my fingertips and a plethora of picnic tables to boot.
We (hot date and myself) began our excursion by crossing the bridge to Terribitha(pictured below) and already I was feeling like I used to as child, spending days rustling about in the ravine near my family home. . .
After clambering up the stone path. . .
We ended up in a field of these. . .
Milkweed field!!! I could barely contain myself and galloped around the field, sending milkweed flying everywhere, for the better part of 20 minutes.
Hoorah for milkweeds!
The Gatineau Hills, taken with a dose of fun-loving childish-ness, can make for a beautifully fun day to share with a loved one or some pals (not suggesting that you grab your buddies by the hands and scamper around in a field all day, but it is quite fun for those who enjoy simple pleasures. . . just me?). There are trails for the meek (30-45 minutes) and trails to be followed by the hiking boots type (2 hours+). Either way, it’s a cheap, effortless day spent outdoors enjoying the last few warm days of September with a beautiful backdrop and a childhood sentiment in mind . . .
Things like that always put a smile on my face. . . In a nutshell.