Although the weather was questionable today, nothing stopped us from another favorite hike on the River & Ruin trail.
This hike was especially memorable as we were blessed with the presence of Sawyer's uncle & aunt (AKA Mrs & Mrs O) and his cousin, Guinness or Guin, for short. Considering the two dogs had only just met, they got along famously. Guin is a beautiful rescue dog from Louisiana, being part Catahoula Leopard (Louisiana State Dog) & Australian Sheppard. He made his grand appearance sporting a colourful bandanna. Guin had boundless energy, and enjoyed exploring off-trail, chasing local critters, and keeping Sawyer in check!
(Mr. O & Guinness)
(W & Sawyer)
River & Ruin is one of our favorite walks, affording hikers & canine friends varied terrain, views, and a beautiful river to wade in.
Sometime ago, I received an email from surfer_chic who filled me in on some the ruin's history. The "ruin" was in fact, a farmhouse adorned with a wrap-around porch facing the river below. Apparently, the lower fields, below the blue side-trail, was a horse pasture, while the upper portions were used for crops.
To this day, many apples and pear trees remain in the area. The side-trail was in fact, their dirt road leading them by horse & buggy to Guelph Line, where they ran errands at the General Store (now The Bistro in Lowville, ON). I would love to see a photograph of the original house.
Sawyer and family did enjoy their morning and look forward to many more hikes with Cousin Guin!