Story and Photos submitted by Linsey De Ruysscher
When I checked out the weather forecast for Earth Day weekend here in Hastings County, I was pretty excited to see sunshine and double-digit temperatures! (Weren’t we all?!) I think most of us were itching to get outside and enjoy the nicer weather! Moreover, having such beautiful weather on Earth Day made it even better!
If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, you know we’re a family that loves to get outdoors to wander and explore! So, we decided to spend our Earth Day on The Great Trail in Tweed! We absolutely LOVE the Great Trail, and it was a perfect day for a nature walk! It was so peaceful to hear nothing but the birds singing, the creek flowing, and the joyous sounds of our boys jumping in the spring puddles! (So glad we all decided to wear boots!)
While we walked The Great Trail, we explained to the boys that since it was Earth Day, it would be nice if we picked up any trash we saw along the way. They quickly became expert trash finders! It was quite nice to see that there wasn’t too much trash along the trail, but we did find some while we walked and managed to collect a bag full.
As we walked, we talked about how important it was to respect the environment, so we can continue to enjoy it and keep it beautiful. I was pleased to hear them asking why people litter, and why they couldn’t just wait and find a garbage can. I told them those were good questions that I didn’t have answers to. I think they felt like they were making a difference by picking up garbage along the way and I could tell it gave them a sense of pride. One of them even mentioned that we should pick up garbage whenever we walk the trail – even if it isn’t Earth Day. (Proud Mom moment right there!)
We continued along the trail checking out all the sights including a few uprooted trees.
We also wandered around town a little bit, so I MUST talk about my love for the fire hydrants in Tweed. Ever since I was a kid, I have LOVED these fire hydrants. They are so cute and creative. A lot of them have been updated recently too. The boys also really liked them and wanted to drive all over Tweed to find them all! We might just have to do that this summer!
On our way back home, we made a stop at Maple Dale Cheese because, well, cheese! The boys love going in and trying all the cheese samples they have out on weekends. They enjoyed the good ole fashioned marble cheese, while we were fans of the 5-year-old, and the 10-year-old, and the…okay, we love ALL the cheese! We picked up a bag of fresh curd for the road! Yum!
We also did some indoor Earth Day activities too! To save some energy, we turned off all the lights and electronics in the house for an evening and played a board game by candlelight, and we also did some Earth Day colouring and activity sheets!
There are plenty of ways you can show our environment some love all year round! Regularly pick up trash in your neighbourhood or local park. Turn off lights and electronics when you aren’t using them to conserve energy. Recycle, compost, and plant a tree!
Remember to get the kids involved in all of this too! Let’s face it, our children will soon be in charge of our earth, so it’s best to teach them young how to take care of it and respect it so we can continue to enjoy it.
I hope you were able to take some time over the Earth Day weekend to appreciate the amount of natural beauty we have here in the area. Stay tuned to the Hastings County blog and Facebook page to find out where our family of adventurers will be wandering to next!
Story and photographs by Linsey De Ruysscher
As one of our six Local Wanderers exploring Hastings County, Linsey enjoys making memories with her family hiking on new trails and discovering new hidden attractions along the way. If there is a river to be paddled, they'll be there!
Learn more about Linsey through her bio, as well as for a link to the other adventures she has shared with us. You can also read about our other five Local Wanderers and the excursions they've experienced across the County.