Falling for Fall

What’s not to love? Crisp weather (well except for the 28C yesterday), a riot of colours, crackling fires … fall is here.

Better than all if that is the endless walks with my furry friend. I was tuned into a trail app (thank you Leo and Sandy) called All Trails. You can pick from hundreds of trails in your location of choice. It has ratings and distance and even reviews. What a clever tool to see the area around you. Wherever you may be.

Yesterday was the Osler Bluff Trail just off of the Pretty River Park above the ski hills. What a stunning assortment of fall splendour. Molly was handling the terrain like a pro. Me not so much. But the views were a great excuse for frequent pit stops. We concluded with a lounge in the meadow. Does it get any better!?

Our usual jaunt is Nippissing Ridge. This is a serene forested trail near our house where Molly can enjoy her favourite hobby – chasing squirrels. Followed by a refreshing dip in the flowing creek. Sometimes we run into other humans and their furry friends. The sentiment is identical – there’s nothing like forest therapy.

We are really fortunate to live in an area where outdoor activities are encouraged on so many levels. Beginners or pros will all find suitable outlets for their energies.

Today we tried something slightly different. A stroll around old Collingwood (heritage district) Which concluded at Gibson and Co. – a new hip coffee and adult beverage hang out. (Note: new for me … Rudy has been imbibing post workout for a while now … his secret is out!). All coffeed out, beers were in order. A quick detour to SideLaunch Brewery for a pint. Which turned into 2 when the buss dropped off a group of nurses hosting a team building. Rudy was on the verge of a medical emergency. Kidding. Not.

The new Session Seven IPA is noteworthy. And since dogs are welcome at the brewery, Molly got her fill of compliments and rubs. The special touch of a nurse is all you need.


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