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The trails of Kelso Conservation Area

Pink skies, frozen waters, returning birds, yet another sunset in the paradise.

Fortunate are thee, who feel gratitude for everything they have. I'm just a mere individual who is grateful to the almighty for rewarding with such privilege to enchant the glories of His creation, Nature. Brought into the world in the mountains, the adoration for nature never stops to astonish me. I wonder what inspired the Almighty to create such phenomenal architecture. He certainly has the eye for excellence, He may have fabricated magisterial mountain ranges, lakes falls, rivers and oceans to begin with and afterward to fill the landscape added trees and various creatures to add to its magnificence. I'm grateful that we live in an era where we can still adore the natural scenic landscapes and everything else God has created for us to admire.
Ontario is under STAY AT HOME orders for 28 days, schools are closed, and people are encouraged to work from home. You can only go out for groceries, health appointments, work, or exercise. We're glad that outdoor walks are still considered essential. Conservation Halton and seven parks stay open during the lockdown with health and safety protocols. We're fortunate that the weather is permitting us to traverse the be-wilderness this winter. We try to take advantage of the great temperatures while it still lasts to complete a few steps outside in our neighborhood a few times a week. It is almost a year since were indoors and the lockdown doesn't seem to end, and exercising is crucial to maintain the sanity of body and mind.

We've been living in the foothills of Halton Escarpment for over 8 years and have visited a few parks but never the trails. Kids were small, and we were consistently hesitant to venture outside in winters. We chose to invest in the yearly pass of Conservation Halton today, so we could investigate the trails of each of the seven parks over time with kids. To visit any of the parks, you have to book your spot ahead of time through their website. Your entrance is legitimate is just for 2 hours which is sufficient to complete a trail with kids. We have been checking the website since a week ago and found that they are always full. It is hard to book ultimately because they only permit a couple of individuals to enter.

Kelso was the first Conservation Park; we had ever visited since we moved to Milton, however, we discovered a new trail over the mountains. If you go straight on Steels, instead of taking a right on Tremaine, just keep moving further, you will find another gate for Kelso Conservation that takes you to various trails over the mountain, perfect for hiking and biking. The parking is free for visitors, we were allocated a QR Code for our reservation that was checked at the gate as we entered the wild region of Kelso Conservation. The path was a bit sloppy today due to warm temperatures, as the snow had melted, winter boots are mandatory.

There were a few people around us on a distance following the same trail as ours. At the intersection, we found two paths, one that was built for bikers and one plain, we were in haste and followed the biker trail. Only a few steps forward, we noticed that all the other visitors had walked past on the other path, and our family was left alone. I got a bit nervous as we found ourselves surrounded by sticks, not a single creature around us. Boys got quirky and wanted to follow the same path, they were lost in the discussion. This path included rocks and dense forest, which made me more frightening. Luckily, there was still time for the sunset. We held our breath and kept walking forward to see if we will find more people soon, but we were diving deep inside the evergreen trees and long pine trees. For a moment, we all freaked out and wondered that we had entered the wrong way. This was the first time; we brought the kids and we got lost, we were terrified. White snow and brown sticks along with a few green Christmas trees, the wind was quiet. There was no sound of squirrels or raccoons recocking from the wild but our wild imaginations were screaming for wild wolfs and ghostly souls. For far and wide, there was no one else other than our family. I still stopped to take a few shots of the setting sun through the sticks. We gathered some courage, as walking back on the same route seemed more alarming than pushing ahead. Subsequently, in another 10 minutes, we arrived at another intersection where we saw some people walking from the other side. We inhaled a sense of relief that we were on the right path.

We carried a small bag with snacks and water that we had forgotten on account of being lost in nature. Boys opened the boxes and started munching on treats, and as we walked further, we noticed we had circumnavigated the trail and had shown up the same convergence where we started. I am still curious to experience the end of the other trail, we had missed, and others had followed. I look forward to going back again to explore since we have the annual pass, and we can go back anytime (only by reservation during COVID-19).
On our way, we saw the quarry and contemplated if it was the same lake we always visited or is something entirely new for us. We decided to drive to the main gate, we figured that the trail we walked on was on top of the mountain, and the water body was distinct and not the Kelso lake. We parked the car in front of the lake to manifest the returning sun and the beauty of Mother Nature and drove back home. I am full of gratitude that we live so close by to the characteristic marvels of Halton. I will be expounding more on Halton parks in my future blogs as I visit. I will end the note with an amusing preview of the mysterious dusk, I caught with my smartphone.