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 is our 10 year old Australian Shepherd pup.
The beginning of the trail was nicely maintained and had well-built bridges like this one.
Is it lichen? I think it is ... but I'm no botanist.
It might not seem warm to you Southerners but 80.6 Fahrenheit feels plenty warm when you've got a big fur coat on.
Neat little bit of moss I saw on this tree. It looks like a little green hedgehog.
This was the penultimate good bridge on the hike.
Spot the hidden canine.
One of many, many blooming flowers. The river in the background is swollen with the unseasonable amount of rain we've received this year.
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.
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.
We survived the Bridge of Doom and we can now continue our Quest for the Holy Grail.
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.
Not sure of the species of mushroom, but it had a spectacular yellow and red pattern
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.