A soft blanket of white covered the land, glistening under the sun’s rays. The snow looked thick but crumbled easily under our feet as my cousin and I trudged through to meet our fellow hiker. Our fellow hiker, Rahul Mehta, was very knowledgable about the area. He informed us that the Erindale Park, through which we were now strolling, was once a landfill that had been repurposed into a park after the closing of the landfill. The tobogganing hill to which we were headed was the last cap over the landfill. The tobogganing hill was surrounded by pine trees frosted with snow, and some straggling and bare deciduous trees. The view from the top was spectacular!
Rahul pulled out his cardboard while my cousin and I prepared our plastic bags to sail down the hill. The feeling of drifting down was great even though the ride was slow. But our luck was about to get better. A little girl and her father were also tobogganing down the hill. The father, seeing us with our meagre tobogganing equipment, was kind enough to lend us one of his tobogganing boards – a blue beauty. The thrill of flying down on the board was so much more awesome, especially when two people rode on it! We assumed several positions: sitting, lying on our stomachs and going face first, lying on our backs, and partner rides.
We then trekked through the pine trees attempting to find an owl rumoured to be hibernating in the area. We did not find this owl, unfortunately, but we did find deer and coyote tracks! And Rahul was able to catch a perfect snowflake on his very red wool gloves.
On our way to the Credit River, we passed by several nests and I joked that we could shape the snow on the nest to look like eggs. Rahul said, let’s do it! So we gently pulled down a branch and made little snow eggs to fill the nest. We were unable to put the nest back where it belonged, but we found another handy little nook for it.
Down by the Credit River, we passed a field area where several signs had been posted warning passersby of poisonous plants. All invasive plants, apparently. There was also two rows of trees by this area that Rahul pointed out. A road used to pass by there long time ago, for carriages most likely, and the two rows of trees lined that road. There were stones by these trees as well that Rahul said had been used to dam the area originally. Once the area had been rehabilitated, an icebreaker was placed on the Credit River to prevent major ice jams at the port where the river met the lake.
Unfortunately, the ice on the river was slushy and so we were unable to walk across the river. It did make for a great day though, a definite must-do outdoors activity to enjoy the brief moments of perfect winter bliss.