Good Friday marked our 32nd Annual Good Friday Hike with my family and friends, a tradition my family looks forward to each year.
This year we went to Inglis Falls (Owen Sound area) http://www.greysauble.on.ca/ca_lands/inglisfalls.html and marvelled at how absolutely beautiful this area is. Of course, the weather was unseasonably warm and very much a welcome relief compared to some of our previous Good Friday hikes over the years.
Our first hike was 1978, my husband and I, along with our good friends John & Vic, went to Kettle Beach (Georgian Bay) for our hike. We roasted "weenies" and marshmallows and just enjoyed the simplicity of the day and beautiful surroundings. We had so much fun we decided to make it an annual event.
Over the years we have changed our venues and explored new territory. We've added children, pets and friends on our hikes. The weather is always different, ranging from snowstorms to balmy summer-like conditions but we have not missed a year yet. You will never eat a better hotdog than one roasted over the open fire on a sharpened stick found along the way.
Looking back over the years I realize how important this one day has become to my family. Although our children are living on their own in a different city, but for a few exceptions, they always make sure they are "home" for this event.
Although there have been times when we could have cancelled because of bad weather or distances involved, we didn't and have therefore made this "tradition" one we will continue as long as we can. It becomes more special each year.