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This September, we decided to extend our summer by doing a day trip to Boyne Valley Provincial Park. Despite being in autumn denial, we were hoping to catch some changing colours and there was a definite chill in the air.  Although it was a bit early for that, the park showed many markers of late summer.

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The Primrose Loop leads out to The Bruce Trail, which forms the bulk of the hiking route in the park. They’re highlighted in red on the map above, and the blue dot is Murphy’s Pinnacle Lookout. The lookout is the highest point in the whole park, and provides a beautiful vista of the surrounding landscape.

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We managed to find our way up to enjoy a late afternoon snack and took some beautiful shots from the top of Murphy’s Pinnacle.

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The Black-Eyed Susans brought back memories of summer afternoons spent foraging through the woods behind my family home in Thunder Bay.

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I’m wearing the Deparia Cardigan in burgundy. I love this colour when fall rolls around, and the upcycled sweater material was perfect for the chilly weather.

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We saw many poisonous berries on our hike, but this was the most curious: the fruit of the Arisaema triphyllum plant, aka ‘jack in the pulpit’. This plant has a ton of other nicknames, such as brown dragon, Indian turnip, American wake robin, wild turnip, and my personal favourite: bog onion. Its leaves are often confused with poison ivy because they have a similar 3-leaf structure.

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I’ve just added an entire selection of one of a kind Deparia Cardigans to my online shop (including the one I’m wearing here). Many of you will be pleased to know that for the first time they’re available in both wool and non wool options.  So please visit my store now to choose the one for your next hike.

IMG_5957-208-12And stay tuned for more on these Black-Eyed Susans later . . .


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