Finding the welcome centre and the foot of the hiking path was tricky. There are few signs, and the ones that exist are faded and easily missed. I'm guessing that with the upgrade to a National Park designation this will be remedied soon. We couldn't figure out where to park, so we parked at the Toronto Zoo. I've never been to the zoo, and I've never taken my kids to a zoo, but I was glad to learn that the park has a relationship with zoo, where the zoo is helping to ensure the survival of a species of turtle in the park by breeding them and raising them for a couple of years before returning them to the park. Yeah for the zoo! Anyways, I'm hoping that the parking situation is sorted out soon, because it's inconvenient and pricy to park at the zoo.
The welcome centre had maps and information about the park for us, so we picked our route and set out. Apparently, they also have a guided hike. The combination of routes we were walking took us through several different types of areas. There were wooded forest areas, a beautiful little river, an area that was wetlands with lots of ferns and a wooden walkway to protect the environment. There were cliffs that we walked along (and were fenced). We saw bunnies and squirrels, birds, and the handiwork of some diligent woodpeckers.
I had fun exploring the textures and terrain. At the river I couldn't help but step out on the rocks and walk along a log in the water. When I got to the end, I wanted to keep going across the river, walking on the rocks. My family were waiting for me, and teens are only so patient, so I left it.
When do we stop playing? At what age are we no longer encouraged to explore through our bodies? When I see a tree I still want to climb it; a log in a river, and I want to walk along it. I feel such joy in my body when I use it, when I allow myself to feel the world around me. It makes me sad to think of kids stuck in desks for hours upon hours every day, not allowed to move. I know that not everyone feels the same way I do about movement, but we should allow everyone the opportunity to explore the possibility.