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National Capital Green Belt – Trails # 25, 26, 28

Life is busy/topsy turvy these days, and we are grabbing our hikes where we can!   After putting up my Open House signs this morning, we headed out to the edge of Bridlewood once again and did a hike that came out to around 6 km.  It was sunny and warm, but the trails were partially covered and there was a nice breeze – always GREAT when there is no humidity!  We started out at P10 and our first stop was the old Lime Kiln ruins.   We discovered along the way there had been a fire in that area back in 2012 (and we really can’t figure out why we didn’t know that :).  As a result there was a lot of dead wood but now 3 years later there is a lot of new growth – bushes/trees starting.

We came across most of our usual suspects, birds, chipmunks, squirrels & a snake.  One of the trails is on a Beaver pond and there was a nice big Beaver hut, always a pleasure to see one, but alas no beaver in sight!

My new phone has a fitness app and it recorded my steps as 12,307 – which translates into 9.37 km…I’m pretty sure we didn’t walk that far…our estimates based on the lengths of the various trails were in the 6 km range…who knows 🙂  Still using the new Nikon D5500 as a ‘point & shoot’ – but hopefully soon I will have the time to start doing the online courses to teach myself the finer points!

National Capital Greenbelt – Trail # 31

3.9 Km trail starting at the south/east corner behind Nepean Sportsplex.  Very flat, lots of shade, talls stands of pines, a wee incline up a ridge.  Great for biking and family walks.  They have a series of Fitness apparatus on one of the shorter loops that are kind of fun to test your strength and balance skills.

I managed to find what I believe was a red trillium at the early stages of

ry little rain and everything is starting to dry.

National Capital Greenbelt – Trail # 2

It was warm & humid today, we didn’t go out until 1 pm which meant it was even more so!  It sprinkled for our first few steps, but was dry and warm the rest of the way.  This trail is in two loops.  We did the small loop first, then headed across for the second one…we took the wrong path though and went an extra km or so…we figure our total walk today was around 5 km.  Trilliums, cocoons, caterpillars, a really pretty bird with red back and black wings (couldn’t get a closeup), lilacs & other flowering bushes.  Nature at it’s best!

National Capital Greenbelt Trail # 26

This is part of a series of trails with lots of parking access along West Hunt Club & Richmond Road between Bridlewood & Bells Corners.  It was the first hot humid day, we went out around 10 a.m.  This was a pleasant trail and we saw lots of wildlife!  The trees are starting to sprout and the forests are turning green, hooo  haaaa!  No bugs yet!

National Capital Greenbelt Trail #22 – Sasparilla (Mini)

We were out doing an errand that had us passing this trail on Friday evening, so thought why not just stop and do a quick walk-through.  Only .9 km, but lots of interesting things to see!  This trail is totally flat and wheel chair accessible.  There is also a little picnic pavilion and washroom facilities.

National Capital Greenbelt Trails #24 & a little of #25

Today we did 5.1 km Trail # 24 – and about 1.5 km of other trails along the way for a total around 6.5 km.  It was 12c, sunny, no wind.  The trails were a mixture of old roads, woods, boardwalk & Trans Canada Trailway.  Sightings today included reddish/brown squirrel, black squirrel, butterflies, moths, little black snake with green strip down back & a number of different types of birds.  It would seem that the trail we were on today also links up with the Rideau Trail System.  Today one of the highlights was seeing an evergreen tree all decorated with Christmas Decorations – love what people do in the woods 🙂

 

National Capital Greenbelt Trail # 23

5.6 km today.  12 c – sun with some clouds.  Perfect weather for a walk!  No snow or ice, but water running across the path & mud in a number of spots.  Lots of ‘living’ things today, a turkey (didn’t get a snap), a porcupine, lots of other birds, caterpillars, chipmunks & humans with their dogs!  This is a great trail, the only negative is the din of traffic along Robertson (Hazeldean in Kanata).  Parking for this trail is directly across from Hazeldean Mall in Kanata.

I hope you can hear the frogs:  

National Capital Greenbelt Trail #27

Today we did a 5.3 km hike, it was a bit chilly when we parked the car 12 c with a wind, however once inside the forest it warmed enough for me to take my sweatshirt off!  Snow almost gone, and mostly dry paths with some muddy sections today!  This trail is really close to Hwy 416 and Hunt Club so you can hear the sound of traffic in the background, so not quite as peaceful as our walk last week on Trail #10 at Shirley’s Bay.  Paths are quite flat and easy to walk, there are a number of big open clearings and some stands of huge cedar trees.  I imagine this place was farmland at some point back in the day when Bells Corners was a little village.  We parked at P 13 which is the parking lot at Bell High School.  Enter the path to the right of the sign! and keep right at your first couple of jogs to meet up with the main trail.  We encountered a few people on the trail, one of them a former client, the other this fellow playing the back pipes – video & other photos below!!

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