This weekend I had hiking friends from the U.S. visiting. I invited them to join the Toronto Power Walkers training on Toronto Island. The official TPW plan was 20 kilometre loops of the Island to prepare for the Island Girl. But since my guests and I were also planning a hike at the Forks of The Credit on Saturday afternoon, we decided we would opt for a shorter (and later) walk. At the Ferry Docks, we met Carol and Susan who were also doing a shorter distance due to injury.
The fog, which had delayed the ferry, created a mystical effect as we approached Centre Island and began our walk. My guests were enchanted by the atmosphere the mist created around us. Spider webs were still jewelled with dew and one couldn’t see far out into the lake. While walking the boardwalk we noticed that the top of the chimney at Ashbridges Bay Sewage Treatment Plant appeared to be floating in the sky as the mist obscured the bottom of the stack.
Walking through the homes on Ward Island, more than one person found themselves thinking wistfully aloud that it might be lovely to live there. At the end of our walk, we joined the group at The Rectory for brunch. After ordering, we witnessed a wedding ceremony in the restaurant before devouring a delicious meal. The return on the Ward Island ferry was in brilliant sun and showed off the city splendidly.
I probably would not have thought of taking visitors to the Island if TPW hadn’t been walking there. They found it to be one of the highlights of their visit. So, thanks to this great group for yet another favour.
A shout-out to Diane (and Bev) who out of commission for a few weeks mending an injury – we miss you and hope you’ll soon be well.