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Our hike to Buttermilk Falls, Hamilton, Ontario

A couple of weekends ago, hubby and I decided to ignore our household chores so we could go on an Autumn hike. Where we live in Hamilton, Ontario we are blessed with numerous trails and for being known as the Waterfall Capital of the world.

Now I had only seen Buttermilk Falls from the top at Oak-Knoll Park, so it was decided we would walk down the Red Hill Trail through Upper King’s Forest Park, then hike through the forest and stream to reach the falls (there is no trail to follow). At times the walk was quite treacherous, as you are climbing over fallen trees, up hills, down hills, and over plenty of rocks. Overall though the hike was a lot of fun, and once we reached Buttermilk we were able to stand under the falls.

Here are just a few of the pictures we took:

Autumn Leaves

Upper Kings Forest Park

Cocoa tried to go north, when we had to go west.

Cocoa tried to go north, when we had to go west.

Bear running upstream

Bear running upstream.

Another view of the stream

There was very little water coming from the falls.

Image of the rocky landscape.

The rocky landscape, the entire hike was pretty much like this picture.

Fungi

I love taking pictures of fungi.

We had to take a couple selfie to send to the kids.

We had to take a couple selfie to send to the kids.

Is Matt contemplating, or playing on his phone while he waits for me to catch up.

Is Matt contemplating, or playing on his phone while he waits for me to catch up.

Cocoa walking towards Buttermilk Falls.

Cocoa walking towards Buttermilk Falls. At the top is Oak-Knoll Park.

Standing behind the falls

I am standing behind the falls as I took this picture of Matt.

Matt and the dogs underneath the falls

Matt and the dogs underneath the falls

Looking up from behind the falls

Looking up from behind the falls

Bayfront Park, Hamilton Ontario

Yesterday was quite mild so instead of going for my usual walk with the dogs at the dog park, middle child and I decided to visit Bayfront Park.

Bear and I taking a walk

Bear and I taking a walk

Middle child with the dogs

Middle child with the dogs

Dock Bayfront Park April 2nd 2015

Dock Bayfront Park

Cocoa Bayfront Park

Cocoa Bayfront Park

Bear posing for us

Bear posing for us

Bear, Cocoa and I Bayfront Park

Bear, Cocoa and I Bayfront Park

Middle child with Bear and Cocoa Bayfront Park

Middle child with Bear and Cocoa Bayfront Park

Path Bayfront Park

Path Bayfront Park

Bear looking at the water

Bear looking at the water

 

Sunrise in Hamilton, Ontario

Yesterday morning I was lucky enough (insert sarcasm) to drive my eldest daughter to work which meant I had to rise out of bed by 6 a.m. so we could leave by 6:40 a.m. Okay, I really did not have to rise forty minutes early except if you want me to function I need to have a minimum of one coffee in me, and since I was driving, coffee was mandatory. As it turned out, I had just enough time to make a second cup for my thermos.

It was still somewhat dark out when we left the house, but by the time I dropped her off, the sun was rising and it was beautiful. I don’t often get to see the sun rise, since I’m sleeping, so I stopped at our local park on the mountain brow. The view from Sam Lawrence can be breathtaking, you have a panoramic view of the city, the harbour, the Skyway Bridge, the Niagara escarpment, and on a clear day you can see the CN Tower in Toronto.