Day 22: Eugenia - Epping, 560 km completed

I forgot to mention this, but a couple days ago Chris wrote a parody of “I’ve Been Everywhere” by Johnny Cash. It’s everything you’d hope it to be and I plan on secretly filming him sing it. We worked a bit this morning on rhyming some of the places we’ve been: Queenston, Hamilton, Caledon to name a few.

This morning we got a ride from a kind lady who was on her way to open up the Eugenia Emporium. Lucky for us this was steps to our starting place.

There was lots of evidence of yesterday’s wind storm. Fallen twigs, branches and even trees were no problem for us because without packs, we are like energizer bunnies. Chris had even taken to kicking the branches, a level of effort we wouldn’t consider when weighted down with packs.

We were finally on the other side of the valley. The side we stared at so longingly yesterday. Turns out it was a bit tougher. We crossed a lot more streams but crossing streams means you go down and up the escarpment.

We also crossed over Beaver Valley Ski Resort. That marks eight ski hills we’ve either climbed or walked across the top of. Beaver Valley Ski hill we climbed. Pretty much straight up. Big hill.

We ended our day being greeted by Trail Angels Tia and Adam! We’re so happy all our planning has worked out without a hitch. We decided to show Tia and Adam where we had started the day at Eugenia Falls and stopped in at the Eugenia Emporium to say thanks and buy a coffee from our driver this morning.

Adam, being a big fisher, was immediately down at the dock after we got to our cottage for the night. Looking forward to a fire tonight and maybe a game or two of horseshoe.

Saturday Safety
Fire safety is very important on the trail. Unfortunately hikers have been the source of some pretty devastating forest fires. For example, in Chile on the Torres del Paine route we saw evidence of a historic fire that had huge impacts. In 2005, a Czech hiker campfire’s stove turned over and turned into a 14,000 acre wildfire over four days.

It’s important to be aware that a small fire can have a huge impact. That means that when you are dousing your fire at the end of the night you should use plenty of water, spread the coals and feel if there is any heat in the fire. If there is, use more water.

Happy Trails,
Natalie