Today was so much fun! And, to think, it was in Scarborough
of all places.
|Overlooking the the lake from the golf course at the edge of the cliff.|
and I went on a long walk to the Scarborough Bluffs
, these freaky-looking cliffs down at the lake. The last time I was down at the bluffs (why are they called that?)
there was nothing but a parking lot and a walking path, but we heard that now they've got a marina and a restaurant and bar and some other stuff, so we decided to make a day of it. There's an easy way to get down there, you can walk or drive right down to it, but Kaleena and I decided to take the scenic route. It turned out to be a very scenic route
|These flat rocks seemed to go on forever. The start of the main bluffs, our destination, is in the distance.|
We left our place around 5:30 and walked to the lake trying to find a trail down to the water. We walked across this golf course which ended as a cliff overlooking the lake. That was an awesome view. That was already pretty much where the bluffs start, although not the highest or most impressive part of it, but it still had to be a good 8 stories up. From there we climbed through a fence and found a really steep, sandy path down to the beach below. It was fairly hard-going down there and we had to hold-on to branches and roots and vines to avoid sliding or tumbling down. Kali's boots had zero traction, but it was all good and we made it to the bottom without too much problem. Once we got down there we looked east along the shoreline and saw that we had a long
way to go to the main part of the bluffs, where the park and marina are.
For the first couple kilometres along the edge of the lake we walked across the top of these huge, flat rocks that had been put there as a sea wall. After making our way along these rocks, and trying not to fall or break our legs in the deep gaps between them, we found a big flat one to sit down for a cigarette break. It was already pretty remote there, and we still had a long way to go. After our smoke we kept going along the rock wall, which seemed to be endless. Heh, at one point we got chased by wasps and had to dump out some Pepsi to decoy them.
|This tree was still alive, but it looked like it had fallen over. It's branches made an arched canopy over the sand. It was a really cool spot, slightly surreal.|
The rock wall eventually ended and we got to the first of many stony, secluded beaches. Some of them were kinda nice, not like Caribbean nice or anything like that, but with the cliff face behind us and the open lake in front of us it felt good to be there. Some places were pretty gross though, with open storm sewers draining onto the beach. What comes out of those is not human waste or anything like that, hopefully, but plenty of whatever street filth washes down the sewers - dirt, dog poo, toxins from cars and pesticide use and such. And, wouldn't you know it, I stepped right in some of it. So gross. But most areas were not that bad, and one beach in particular was pretty nice, with a fallen over (but still alive) tree making a canopy of branches into the sand. Kaleena couldn't resist climbing on them, hehe. If it weren't for the faint but not so fabulous smell of the water that would be a great place to camp for the night or something.
|One of the nicer beaches we discovered.|
After a few more beaches and another long rock wall we were shocked to find that we had come all that way only to find that the beaches came to an end with nothing but cliffs and open water blocking our path. With the bluffs going straight down into the waves it looked like we were stuck and would have to go all the way back! And we really had come a long way. It kind of felt like the most remote spot on Earth there but then, right there in this lost corner of Scarborough, we spotted a tent under under a tree and its hobo occupant sitting in a chair. The guy totally ignored us and we did the best we could to ignore him, since anyone setting up there must want to be left alone. Faced with the prospect of turning back and our hike being a dead-end, we took a closer look at the stretch of seemingly un-passable cliff face and water to see if it would be possible to make it across along the slippery waterline. Luckily, it looked like it might work, but not without a lot of difficulty and getting wet and muddy up to the knees. I had on sandals and shorts, but Kaleena had to take off her boots and socks and go barefoot, which meant she had to cope with all the soggy clay and rocks. It was pretty hard-going and we both had to keep our eyes open in case any huge chunks of the cliff face fell, which they sometimes do. Getting squished by a car-sized block of clay would have put a quick end to our fun. About half-way across I got splashed with a big wave of water, water that by now we had decided was pretty nasty. It got me everywhere, including my face and in my mouth. Ew. It was the one and only wave that hit that spot too, like it was trying
to get me, LOL!
|Kaleena with the bluff/cliff face we crossed in the background. We're crazy mofo's! And she did it with bare feet and a skirt!|
We at last made it onto solid ground and the beginning of Bluffer's Park, our destination. Mission successful! We found a path and a bench and sparked up a well-earned joint. It was 8:30, which meant the whole expedition actually only took a few hours. It was such an adventure that it seemed like maybe even more time had passed, but considering the difficulty and obstacles we got past, we made fairly good time.
After the spliff we headed towards the marina to locate some food. We were starving. And filthy, which was not such a good thing when we discovered that the restaurant was this really posh place, up on stilts and overlooking the marina and lake. It was super nice
. Kali had fusilli with grilled vegetables and I had broiled salmon. Oh man, that was some good stuff! We so need to go back, clean and presentable this time, hehe. We took a taxi home from the marina restaurant and got in the shower for a refreshing and much-needed wash. That felt great.
Kaleena and I both thought that today was oddly reminiscent of our day-long hike in the New Forest in England, from dodging death/adversity, right down to stumbling-in out of the evening darkness, dirty, tired and hungry and into a nice restaurant for an amazing dinner.
Today was the most fun anyone's ever had in Scarborough, that's for sure, but we're going to go back there soon and have even more fun
, hehe ;oP