Hiking trails are easy for Mr & Mrs Farmer to find – they have several right outside their door! Their love of hiking through the woods on their Muskoka farm was the reason behind developing the trails. Despite the rainy weather, they were looking forward to getting outside on one of their last free weekends before harvest started. Of course, it wasn’t all play; they were checking to see how close Pioneer Trail was to being opened. Johnston’s Trails have been expanded and renovated this year, and Pioneer Trail is the last to be re-routed and re-signed.
Mr. Farmer took his trusty paint can along to mark areas that still needed attention, and places that still needed signage. Mrs. Farmer took her trusty camera with her to take pictures of whatever presented itself.
It’s amazing how each hike is different – even when on the same hiking trail. Given the lateness of the season, and the denseness of the foliage, the Farmers weren’t expecting the same wildlife sightings they’d been treated to in the spring. Still, they were amazed by what they found. Until this hike, Mrs. Farmer didn’t think much about wild mushrooms and fungi – except with a vague sense that, if she ever got lost in the woods, she might be able to eat some – if she knew how to tell edible from poisonous. Occasionally, she’d wondered if she should learn the difference – just in case. Fortunately, this hike didn’t require foraging, but she did discover that mushrooms and fungi come in shapes and colours she’d never imagined. Who knew mushrooms could look like flowers? Or come in pinks and yellows?
While Mr. Farmer grumbled and painted, Mrs. Farmer took lots of pictures. Here are some of them:
The trail still needs some work before it can be opened, but hopefully visitors will be able to discover its wonders by the beginning of October.