My friend and I decided not to do the treetop trekking this weekend, as lamented below, because of the rain, cold weather and possible snow up north, so we decided instead to do a bit of hiking. We chose, well, I chose cause my friend’s directionally challenged and suggested somewhere in Timbuktu, to hike in Cookstown, about 45 minutes outside of the city. There’s a trail that starts there and stretches about 9 km’s or so.
The torrential rain they were calling for on Saturday didn’t happen. Instead, it was just rain in the morning and it was pretty dry in the afternoon. We could have trekked some treetops, but it still would have probably been too cold. So, after lunch and browsing of the outlet mall in the town, we drove to where the start of this trail would be. Of course being the forgetful person I can be, I left my beautifully printed map and instructions at work. All I had were my scribbled instructions I quickly put together that I had googled.
The entrance was suppose to be somewhere located near the antique market. We parked there, browsed the market quickly and then went to look for this entrance. After wandering for about 5 – 10 minutes, we could not find anything. My lame instructions that I scribbled down were no help. I guess a gps would have been handy, or if one of us had a blackberry we could have fired up that sucker and figured out where the hell this trail was, eh? No such luck. We didn’t bother to ask around, and I suspect its because we were very tired at that point and were not thinking straight.
Instead we ended up in the downtown portion of Cookstown, which is about 1/2 city block long, but scattered with quaint little shops. My friend was dying for a coffee so we settled into this little restaurant that served afternoon tea and coffee. And, what a great find it was, reminded me of this great place in Kleinburg that does the same thing. We had the best scones served with yummy jam and whipped cream and a nice relaxing chat.
Although we weren’t very successful with the hiking, which we have decided we will try on another weekend with better instructions, we had a good time and even fit in a movie at the end of the night. If you’re looking for something cute and funny, Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, is a great gem.