We need an answer over here!”
The questions seemed to leap out of the low growing plants this passed tracking club as a large group of budding naturalists scoured the trail for signs and tasty berries. Mothers and children, exchange students and apprentices, 19 all told made the trip out to Kimbercote to see what mysteries the woods held that day.
Early and often berries captured our attention. Mulberries and strawberries, raspberries and currants, lined the side path of the Bruce Trail we chose to wander. Among the low plants we also found marks in the mud that formed from the rain the night before. More then once we found raccoons sharing watering holes with birds. Deer splayed their hooves in the soft muddy trail edges.
As we hit the creek edge the trail cut west and rose out of the valley. As the path rose the landscape changed. The open path with plants, shrubs, and young trees gave way to denser crops of trees and tightly growing cedars. After a steep dark path we found a clearing with a picnic table facing a great view of Blue Mountain and Georgian Bay. Looking out into the cloudy valley we had snacks and chatted about the questions that we had taken with us.
A short path took us back to the Bruce. Every step showing another clue to what animals had passed on the long descending slope all the way to the mulberry tree that we started at. I’m sure many eyes watched us part, wondering when this large group of naturalist will take to the woods again.