Maynooth, Ontario – Who knew there was so much to see in this area!

The weather was crazy nice last week so Tuesday, 10 November, we decided to pack our lunch and our photographic equipment and head up north. Normally when we hit Maynooth, we turn left to go to Algonquin Park but we decided to keep on goin’ and head north instead.

Further down the road we passed the small village of Maple Leaf (how Canadian is that?) and stopped at Neuman Falls. This is a favourite spot of ours but we haven’t been here for quite a while. But now, sadly, there are no “No Trespassing” and “Private Property” signs ALL over the place so I took a couple of snaps from the bridge and we moved on.

This is one side of the road.

The other side of the road is below, not a great photo and does NOT show the beauty of the area. But it was the best I could do as we were not allowed to go down there anymore, which is really unfortunate. It was a lovely spot.

Then on to High Falls, we think that’s what it’s called. It’s hard to find, it’s literally a hole in a rock wall. And it’s not the easiest trail. It’s very steep and you have to be super careful climbing down to the falls. But, it’s a lovely spot.

It’s also not a spot with signage, you have to know where you are going. This is the spot and we parked on the side of the road.

Secret Passage !

Below is the first part of the trail when you leave the highway, not too bad.

But after that, it is an extremely steep trail to get down to the water. Someone tied a rope to some trees to help you get down and back up. The pine needles made it kinda slippery and I was able to get about 3/4’s of the way down and then said forget it! Clint went all the way to the bottom but he said it wasn’t easy. Too bad the access wasn’t easier.

So this is the photo I got ! Not very good as I was not at the bottom. One day I’ll get there ! Last time we where here it was early spring and there was still ice and snow on the trail, so I didn’t get to the bottom that time either.

We left there and just past High Falls, we turned onto Boulter Road and it was a scenic route to Rivers Run…………..apparently. Not so scenic for us, we turned around and headed back and on to Papineau Lake. This lake had a beautiful sandy beach. Really nice spot.

Papineau Lake

Off to White Duck Lake ! Not that we knew about White Duck Lake but we like to explore, this was a really cute lake.

White Duck Lake

One day we may take our canoe and go for a paddle as there is a boat launch, sort of…………..

Clint at White Duck Lake

Then we went to a look-out overlooking Kamaniskeg Lake. This is near the town of Combermere where the Mayflower sank – NO not THAT Mayflower.

This story actually made it into Ripley’s Believe It or Not. “Dead Man saves three”! It was the worst maritime inland tragedy in Canada occurring on November 12, 1912. Nine people died, but three people survived by hanging onto a coffin and floating to an island!

Information Board !

Below is the view from the top and way out in the distance, you can barely see 2 small islands and the one on the right is the one where the survivors ended up.

Overview of Kamaniskeg Lake

After that we headed to Crooked Slide Park. What a cute spot! I really liked it. The story is that there used to be an log chute on Byers Creek used in 1900’s to float logs down to the Madawaska River. This is a reconstruction but so cool. You can follow a few different, short trails along the river and see the cascades.

Entrane to the park, actually there are two entrances

There is more parking at the second entrance, well 1st entrance if you drive from the other way lol. No picnic tables or washrooms though and that would have been nice. We spent quite a while here and ended up sitting in our truck to eat the lunch we brought with us.

You can walk up past the slide to a bridge and along the river.

We will definitely come back some day. View from the bridge in below photo. the other side of the bridge is more cascades, lots of rocks and moving water.

Crooked Slide Park just outside of Combermere

We kept driving on Old Barry’s Bay Road and stopped at the Szare Szeregi Warsaw Polish Monument. Quite a moving memorial I might add.

It was quite impressive even though small.

We then drove a Forest Access Road,(Mayo Lake Road) over to the highway, to make our way home. That was an interesting drive. My small car would not have made it!

So another day trip down and gone…………waiting for the next adventure !

Stay Safe.

Belleville Waterfront Walk

I can’t get over the weather! It was 8 November (Saturday) and we were outside in tee-shirts! ………. and pants – we were also wearing pants ! lol

Some people were wearing shorts, it was that warm.

We had to do some stuff around our property and then we decided to head to Belleville’s Waterfront for a walk. They have beautiful trails on the Bay of Quinte and as I have said before, we are so lucky to have these spots to head to for some exercise and fresh air.

It was a beautiful day on the bay, we saw lots of ducks, seagulls, and Canada Geese. Enjoy my photos.

So that was our walk, we walk here quite often, it’s a really nice trail. You can walk, skate, bike and there are lots of great views.

That’s it for today, stay safe please !

Proctor Park in Brighton

Well as I mentioned in my last Blog the last few days were so warm, almost as though winter is not coming, although it is, sadly.

So this past Saturday we decided to head to Brighton to take a walk at Proctor Park. We haven’t been here for a while for a hike. At the entrance is the Brighton Barn Theatre which we have been to for concerts and plays. Of course, it has not been open this year which is sad.

I love walking through forests, this one is quite open. At one time, we had to step to the side as a family was coming towards us. Three little kids were walking towards us and the one little girl said “everyone off the trail, there’s old people coming!” Oh my God we all laughed so hard but yeah thanks little girl, not that old yet lol

We left there and headed to Presquile Provincial Park for a drive. It was such a beautiful day and Lake Ontario is very photogenic!

We are really fortunate to live in our area, there is so much to see and do and most of it within a good distance, anywhere from a couple of kilometres to maybe an hour drive. So let’s see what we’ll do tomorrow !

As usual, please stay safe

Great day in the County – November 2020

Wow our weather lately has been amazing ! It has been unseasonably warm, 15-20 Celsius and it is supposed to continue for a few days. So this past Friday, we decided to drive to Prince Edward County, this is one of my favourite areas and I have blogged about it before. Depending on where we are going it takes us from 30-50 minutes to get there. PEC (Prince Edward County) has lots of little villages and towns, the three primary ones being Picton, Wellington and Bloomfield. If you like touristy areas, this is the place for you to go.

We quite often stop at Campbells Orchards on the way for a fresh scone and to buy some applies and vegetables. This is a great place for fresh produce and fresh pastries but we did not stop here today, we had come here a few days ago to purchase apples. We like to make a bunch of apple crisp and freeze them.

But I digress………on to the County….first stop Wellington Bakery. This is without question our favourite bakery in North America. And trust me, we have been to a LOT of bakeries. My husband LOVES pastries and baked goods, I cannot stress this enough, if he sees a bakery sign, we’re going. One time we were in a city in Northern Ontario, in a sketchy neighbourhood I might add, but he had spotted a bakery sign and there was no stopping him. Unfortunately it was located right next door to a Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang Headquarters, we DID NOT LINGER. lol

But I digressed yet again, so back to the county. Joe and Lorie are wonderful people who run Wellington Bakery. I love their chelsea buns while Clint goes for their cinnamon buns and cookies. They also have terrific breads, buns, croissants and more. The ham and cheese croissants fresh out of the oven are so delicious.

On to Wellington Bay; there are usually lots of ducks and swans there but none today so we will continue on………

We drove around the area at Isaiah Tubbs Resort and found this little cabin.

So weird seeing a cow pulling a sled on top of this roof

We ended up at the Sandbanks Provincial Park and parked and walked around the shoreline of Lake Ontario. We took a trail through the forest while we were there.

Then we headed to Point Petrie. We stopped here and there. One of the dirt roads we took, (sometimes we take roads maybe we shouldn’t) but this one was okay. We do have an off road truck so we can do a lot of traveling that most vehicles can’t do. I like this look below, I tried it in B&W and left it in colour. What do you think?

We always find strange things when we are off on dirt roads. One time this year as we were off roading, we found a pink bra hanging from a tree; today we found keys hanging in a tree and then someone’s undergarments!

Most of the roads we did today were okay, lots of water puddles though which is odd because it hasn’t rained for quite a while.

We found the cutest spot on the beach and someone had spray painted writing and pictures on these huge rocks.

We headed to Prince Edward Point National Wildlife area and drove some dirt roads off the main road. We drove out to Little Bluffs Conservation Area but it has been closed off so we couldn’t walk the bluffs.

Well we left about 830 this morning and now it’s after lunch so time to check out a couple of craft breweries that have opened in the past year before we head home. We haven’t had a chance to check them out so here we go!

First off, Slake Brewing Company located in Picton. I could not believe the road to get to it! It’s 0.7 kilometres from the road to the parking lot and a very winding road ! All we could think was, who is plowing this in the winter ? lol We didn’t stay, but we did buy some beer to take home and we haven’t had it yet but it’s a very interesting spot, we’ll eventually make it back there. They are open Friday to Sunday 11-6 pm and Wednesday and Thursday 12- 6 pm. Not sure if they change to winter hours or not.

Then we went to Prince Eddy’s Brewery in Picton, we have been here many times. I particularly like their Cream Ale and So Many Friends NEIPA. We bought a few new ones there to take home. They also have an on site food truck serving Caribean Fusion food. We didn’t stay so I am not sure if they still use them, but years ago when we went there for the first time, we got a taster tray, or sampler tray. They served the beer in small taster glasses and then put them on a skateboard. With the WHEELS LEFT ON! ………..well this was a disaster waiting to happen! It kept trying to roll off the table. Too funny.

Next stop is Matron Fine Beer located in Bloomfield. The road getting to the brewery was, well interesting to say the least, but they did warn us with a sign. This is a cute place and they are still working on it, at least I hope they are! They are building a second outdoor patio at the back of the building. The inside is really cute and they have lots of room. We purchased some beer to take home, including IPAs and ales. They make lower alcohol beers, all under 6.5% and they are in small cans, 355 ml. They have a large outdoor patio at the front of the building. The brewery is open Thursday 12-5 pm; Friday and Saturday 12- 7 pm and Sunday 12-5 pm.

Last stop was Gillingham Brewery, I think one of my new favourites. This was a cute spot and they have a terrific outdoor space, particularly in this pandemic. They have 4 separate walled areas with picnic tables for seating with heaters; two tables in the centre with gas fireplace tables and then of course they have a big campfire with Adirondack chairs all around. We were able to get a warm spot at one of the picnic tables. We shared a taster tray (maybe two) as well as purchasing some for home. I love IPA’s and they had a terrific IPA called Down Yonder. And they had a Porter for Clint as that is what he likes. Open Thursdays 12-5 pm; Friday and Saturdays 1130-6 pm and Sundays 1130-5 pm. I really like this place and I wanna go back………soon.

So that was our day, great day, long day but I would do it again tomorrow!

Remembrance Day

So another Remembrance Day is almost finished. Remembrance Day this year was quite different, we were encouraged to stay home and watch the ceremonies online or on TV. It wasn’t the same but we have to do things differently during the pandemic.

People are encouraged to buy and wear Poppys as a sign to honour the fallen. The poem In Flanders Fields is so touching, it was written by Capt McCrae, a Canadian, in WWI. History of the Poppy can be read here.

Normally, where I live, we do a Candlelight Ceremony the evening of the 10th November. I don’t know how widespread this tradition is but we do it in our city and surrounding areas. People buy a small red candle in honour of a loved one/ones and you can write a name and/or message on a label on the candle. Then they are placed around the cenotaph, just across from the Royal Canadian Legion, (Trenton Ontario) followed that evening by a ceremony, which many people attend.

Of course the next day, 11th November, there is a larger ceremony with prayers, wreath laying and all the rest. They always have a Piper and I love the bagpipes, always so lovely to hear them. There is a huge crowd this day and after the ceremony, we finish up by going into the Legion enjoying a lunch while visiting and reminiscing.

This year, as I mentioned, is different. I watched our city’s ceremonies on my computer but it was still heartfelt and poignant. The two photos below are of today’s ceremonies and you can see the candles and wreaths laying around the cenotaph. Now I took these two photos from my computer screen byusing my phone, so they are not the best. But you get the idea.

Below is an older photo showing the candles lit up at night around the Cenotaph.

The Legion also sells Memorial Banners. I bought one for my Dad and they have a photo, name and other information pertinent to that individual. These are displayed in the Legion and then before Remembrance Day they are hung up in our downtown and left for a couple of weeks. It’s quite a moving sight and I love this idea.

Downtown Trenton

Remembrance Day should be every day, take a few moments and remember the sacrifices that so many made.

I have some international followers, I would be interested and curious to hear how other countries remember and honour their veterans.

Stay safe everyone.

Who is Trum and Why Does He Travel?

Banff, Alberta

I have had questions about TrumsTravels, how did you pick your website name and more importantly, who is Trum? 

Trum was given to me by my friend Denise way back when I was still working, I’m retired now. Long story short……….I had to have emergency surgery and I was off work for a week. When I returned to work, she was kind enough to bring me a stuffed monkey and a Tim Horton’s coffee! Denise is a very caring and thoughtful person and I really appreciated it.

So, I put him in my car to take him home and I don’t even know why or how but he ended up in our pickup truck and has stayed there every since. We named him Trum because TRU for the first three letters of truck and M for the first letter of Monkey. How clever is that? Okay maybe not clever at all but the name suited him and that’s his handle for all time!

My friend Denise giving me Trum and Trum is giving me a cup of Tim Horton’s coffee! This was in August 2013…………Thanks Denise !

My husband and I travel a lot and we both love photography. I had always wanted to do a Blog combining both of these interests. I put Trum and my ideas together and there you have it……… was born. I know it seems strange that an older couple drag this stuffed monkey around on their travels. But honestly, it is surprising how many people think it’s kinda cool and want to meet him. Plus he’s a great ice breaker!

I remember one year stopping at a Medicine Hat Brewery in Medicine Hat, Alberta. We sat at the bar and got chatting with the two young women that worked there. Trum came up in the conversation and they told Clint to go out to the truck and get him! They sat him on the bar and got a big kick out of him.

Trum at Medicine Hat Brewing Company

On the other side of that, one time we went into Trestle Brewing Company in Parry Sound …………we went in and sat at a table and perched him on the table, you know so he could look around. The server came over, took our order and left. Then I walked him over to the bar and sat him there and took a photo while two bartenders were behind the bar, and none of them………NONE…. even turned an eye or asked what I was doing or looked at me funny. So weird to get absolutely no reaction lol. I know if I was somewhere and an adult walked in with a stuffie, I would be either curious or calling 911.

So Trum goes wherever we go. The only holiday we took that he stayed home is when we went to India in 2019. I was worried I’d lose him plus he has no passport !

So there you have it, Trum’s story………… here are some photos of some of the places he has traveled to, not all places, but a good majority of them.

Yellowstone Park !

Beartooth Pass in Yellowstone National park

Sikanni river in British Columbia
Trum at the Beach, Presquile Provincial Park
Badlands National Park

So that’s that, Trums story in a nutshell. Hope you enjoyed his story and stay tuned for some photos from Algonquin Park and some of our other travels this autumn. We just returned last week so I haven’t had time to download my photos yet! But we did see a moose or two…………..

Stay Safe Everyone.

Gut Conservation Area and The Chutes Provincial Nature Reserve – 20 August 2020

Thursday we headed out at o’dark thirty in the morning, my way of saying REALLY early and drove up to, and past, Havelock to go to the Gut Conservation Area.


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