May 31st, 2017 was a great day to go hiking. Temperatures were a very comfortable 20C, the sun was shining and there was very little wind. The only drawback for the day was the abundance of ticks. It seems that ticks are everywhere this season, so be certain to check yourself, your friends and your pets for these dangerous pests. Next time I will be trying insect repellent, but probably the only effective ones are the ones with 30% deet is available at the Store. Cover up with lots of light weight fabric. Woolly socks aren’t a good idea as ticks seemed to love the texture and actually burrowed through the knee high socks.
On our hike through the Sassaftas trail at Pinery Provincial Park, we took a foot path off to the right. This added lots of steps and was great hiking with rolling hills.
Wild columbine were in full bloom and we saw wild lupine.
The lookout at the furthest point on the trail was quite a climb and interesting as we stood almost at tree top level, but the view was very limited.
As we continued our tour around the park, we stopped at my favorite bridge just before the Hickory Trail, and were rewarded by seeing many turtles sitting sunning themselves.