Even Whiskey did 6.9 kms (4.3 miles) of hiking with us. Even with her heart condition, she really seemed to enjoy it. You'd never know she's 15 years old!
But she sure did get muddy! Pretty much needed a bath!
Once again, I have detailed our four hikes yesterday into their own posts. If you're interested, you can view them here...
We are bothered by the hypocrisy exhibited by the National Park. On one hand, their mandate is supposed to be preservation, but this whole idea of them doing maintenance and inspection (or whatever they're doing) using ATV's on the trails definitely goes against what we believe in. For example, on the Jack Pine Trail, they have specific signs up telling you to stay on the trail and not disturb the lichen and moss on the bare rock.
And then only a few feet further on, they have built ramps into the rock so that their ATV's can use the trail. And this didn't disturb the lichen and moss??!!
It's not bad doing four separate trails because you get a chance to rest a bit in between. But we have to do quite a few kms every day because we have to finish our 75 kms by Thursday afternoon. We are meeting Lindsey, Justin, and Cameron in Louisbourg on Friday where we will explore the Fortress of Louisbourg with them for the weekend. Looking forward to spending the weekend with them!
Spotted this little fellow sunning himself along the trail
At the top of Broad Cove Mountain. Last trail of the day, so it's all downhill from here!
We tried parking at the Ingonish Harbour last night, but they now have a sign up saying no overnight parking. Ingonish is a bit of a tourist area, and I expect they had too many people trying to boondock at this spot during July and August. Oh well. We ended up at a small grocery store in town and asked to park in their lot overnight. They said it was no problem so long as we weren't going to have any wild parties! They were just kidding, and said it was fine to park overnight.
Today is overcast and they're calling for rain this afternoon. We have to do a 7 km bike ride to get to the trailhead for an 8 km hike, so we better get going!