Family adventure on the trail

3 Oct

by Diva Rachel Lynn

On this adventure you’ll meet our amazing, loving, family pet dog named Hank.  We thought about getting a dog for a long time, 1 year to be exact.  We knew it would be a lot of responsibility and wanted to make sure we were good and ready. We knew Hank was the “one” when we went to choose our new family member.  He jumped over his brothers and sisters to get our attention.  Fast forward 2 ½ years.  Hank loves going for walks.  Around the block, downtown, or on trails. He isn’t picky.

On this day, we decide to take the whole family out to the Menesetung Bridge on the north end of Goderich.  The hike is 3.2 km long; short enough for (my daughter) Bea and long enough for Hank to burn off some energy.  I was surprised that my husband suggested this on a Sunday afternoon, football day in our house!  I jumped at the opportunity.

It is a beautiful sunny day.  I can see fisherman in the Maitland River, many people and their pets passing us as we start our hike.  I even see a few golfers at the Maitland Golf Course.  I have been on this trail many times in the summer, spring and fall.  Our hikes usually take us east but today we decide to go west.

The trail starts on an incline and even gets my heart beating a bit faster. This doesn’t last very long and then flattens out for the remainder of the walk.


At the half way point we find the Maitland Inlet Marina which is on the north side of the Saltmine .  I completely forgot this gem was here.  We walked around to the beach side and just took in the beauty of it all.  On our way back we can walk on the lake side of the trail and there are various lookouts where you can get a peak of the lake.


At the end I have one happy dog and one content baby.  The sun is shining; we enjoyed nature and some family time.  Life is good.




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