The Bonshaw Hills provide some of our favourite hiking trails. On our second visit this year, we took the trail which lies between the West River and an equestrian park. The golden grand-dog, Georgie, was with us and we kept her on lead. Experience has taught us the water is too much of a temptation for her and she dives in any chance she gets.
This is a trail bed with many roots
and occasional rocks, so we kept our eyes on the trail and stopped periodically to take in the scene. There are several hills on this trail which were less of a challenge for my husband and I than earlier this season.
From the trail, we could see equestrian jumps
through the trees on the left and the river on the right.
The trail is often in the shade as the canopy is thick. Sometimes sunlight finds an opening and casts dancing shadows on the trail.
There are many maple and birch trees along the way. One tree trunk caught our attention because it looked to have been damaged by a fungus.
The tree above was unharmed.
Metal pieces from an unknown past were displayed at one location, sparking speculation as to their purpose.
Woodpeckers were busy here as well as squirrels,
who had little fear of Georgie.
We returned the way we came and met a couple with two Biewer terriers, Pepperjack and Pepperjoy.
Pepperjoy is deaf since birth and understands sign language for traditional words used with dogs. Both terriers were unafraid of Georgie and not aggressive as some small dogs are around bigger dogs, so the meeting was friendly.
We had our picnic in the park under the gazebo where we cooled off and relaxed before heading home.
Answer to a question from a recent post:
John at https://john-s-island.blogspot.com/ asked if the Millman Road was close enough to home so we could walk there every day. The sad reality is that the road is about a twenty-five minute drive from our home so we don’t walk there regularly. My husband and I will go back there in the fall.