There’s a point of view I suscribe to that posits that we should intermingle the ‘natural’ environment with the ‘built’. I certainly experienced that full range of that today as I hiked along the Escarpment through Hamilton.
Everywhere, even in the gorgeous Dundas Valley Conservation Area that fills the western head of the valley, there were lots of rightfully occuring signs of human involvement. Many dog-walkers, remnants of large apple orchards that have graduated from feeding humans to fattening deer for wintertime, well-maintained gravel & dirt roads that made it a pleasure to hike on, and excellent trailwork — this was quite as rewarding as the full-blown natural beauty of the Trail through the near-pristine escarpment forests west of Grimsby.
Tomorrow starts with hiking into Dundas with Grant, and then finding a spot to sleep up beyond Rock Chapel — a fine way to start a second week on the Trail!