Last Friday and Saturday morning, before higher temperatures required me to do nothing but lie on the couch and read, A and I got up at 6:00 am to hike. We walked eastward along the railroad tracks to Carruthers’ Woods, from there to an abandoned railway track, down to the Brick Works, and along the belt-line to Bloor Street. Walking at a leisurely pace took us close to 5 hours. The first day, I took my camera but had forgot that I needed to replace the drained battery. The second day I took pictures, which didn’t turn out very well because I’m still getting the hang of my new camera. But nonetheless, here’s the tour. (Click on any picture to enlarge.)
Escaped roses growing alongside the tracks:
You can see why A called this the secret passage. It was so quiet there, the air was fragrant, and we were blessed with shade.
The Brick Works was, in the 1880’s, a brick factory that used the surrounding clay for its manufacturing process. (The bricks won prizes at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.) Now the quarry is a park with ponds and wetland habitat. On Saturday, A and I took the most direct route to the Brick Works, descending a steep clay slope. I went crab-wise, backside to the ground, supporting myself by leaning back on hands and feet as I crawled.
A sculpture someone made from found pieces near the end of the belt-line: