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Ruth, Willow and I went hiking on Wednesday on the Liscomb Trail in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia. A very fun birthday and a worthy successor to last year's birthday which Ruth and I spent in Dublin, Ireland.

Willow

Willow

Willow is our 10 year old Australian Shepherd pup.


Willow crosses bridge

Willow crosses bridge

The beginning of the trail was nicely maintained and had well-built bridges like this one.


Lichen

Lichen

Is it lichen? I think it is ... but I'm no botanist.


Willow in the brush

Willow in the brush

It might not seem warm to you Southerners but 80.6 Fahrenheit feels plenty warm when you've got a big fur coat on.


Moss "hedgehog"

Moss "hedgehog"

Neat little bit of moss I saw on this tree. It looks like a little green hedgehog.


Bridge

Bridge

This was the penultimate good bridge on the hike.


Willow the wolf

Willow the wolf

Spot the hidden canine.


Wild rose

Wild rose

One of many, many blooming flowers. The river in the background is swollen with the unseasonable amount of rain we've received this year.


Liscomb waterfall

Liscomb waterfall

The turning point for our hike is in sight! To the left is the bridge before the Liscomb waterfalls and dam, you can see what must have been an old turbine in the centre and to the right is the Fish Ladder.


Bridge of Doom

Bridge of Doom

This was the last "good" bridge of our hike. Nicknamed "The Swinging Bridge" for its devil-may-care lifestyle, I almost broke my dog's legs trying to get her down to this point. It was here that I realized we had taken the trail in the wrong direction since the "ladder" stairs we'd taken were better suited for climbing up rather than down.


The way back

The way back

We survived the Bridge of Doom and we can now continue our Quest for the Holy Grail.


Watery Trail

Watery Trail

Here is what I meant by "last good bridge". There were some makeshift bridges along the way, but at this point of the hike, not so much.


Button mushroom

Button mushroom

Not sure of the species of mushroom, but it had a spectacular yellow and red pattern


My lovely wife followed by loyal pup

My lovely wife followed by loyal pup

Ruth and Willow lead the way on the trail. The brown blur was Willow's leash which made a surprise appearance in a couple of the photos.