I keep checking the weather and finally I am feeling optimistic that the weatherman is going to get it right and I start checking on the different waterfalls in the Hamilton area around an hour away. There is a great webpage called "Cascades of Waterfalls" which lists them all, parking and the waterfall of the week. Well how can you resist something called "Great Falls" in the little town of Waterdown.
Now to find an unsuspecting friend. Hmmmm Bob is away, let's try Sharon. Yeah!!!! she is available. Leave Sharon's at about 9:50 and we are in Waterdown before 11. What an easy drive, 400, 407, exit hwy 5/Dundas and voila we are there. Ooops a wrong turn, we went north instead of south. Thankfully there was construction as you go under the railroad bridge, on this very curvy road because if we didn't have to stop we probably would have driven right by the parking lot.
The root systems were amazing, when you were walking you had to keep your eyes on your feet to make sure you didn't trip on the roots weaving back and forward across the paths.
Finally flat ground, this is Grindestone Creek which goes all the way to the lake.
To think in another 4 to 6 weeks, all the trees and shrubs will be in full bloom and the forest will look totally different again.
Time for a sandwich, Waterdown is a busy little town, the traffic was terrible at lunchtime. We pass an "Autism Funding Protest" which we are glad to beep our horn in support of. Finally we spot a Mr. Sub. After checking out the map we realize we were in the right spot and if we had continued on we would have come across 3 more smaller waterfalls. The total walk there and back is 10 km. Our thinking hats go on and we think what the heck why not drive to the bottom and walk back up to where we were. Surely there will be parking at the bottom of the trail. Well if there was we couldn't find it. Stop again, get the map out no idea how to get to them, but luckily for us the lake is right ahead. Off we go to Hamilton Harbour/Burlington Bay. Park the car right on the water, but wow it is too windy and cold to sit on the lovely park benches so we eat our lunch in the car. Thanks again Sharon for the lunch, it was delish and I was hungry.
Every time Sharon saw a log she kept mentioning that her grandson London would love walking along them. Well sometimes you just have to let the kid out in you and off she went up the tree, at least this one wasn't over water :).
Thanks Sharon for lunch and the company and the laughs.
At the top of the ravine there is a lovely pavilion called Geraldo's at La Salle Park , a lovely area surrounded by amazing waterfront houses. If you are looking for a walk check out the Bruce Trail/Niagara Escarpment trails, they are just starting to spring back to life.