Ball’s Falls YouTube video March 7th!

My 2nd Youtube video will be available at 3PM EST today (March 7th) Follow the link to see it when it goes live! http://bit.ly/2kG4SNT

Hiking in Ball’s Falls Conservation Area near Jordan, Ontario. A great sunny day and hovering around freezing point so very little mud. A waterfall at either end of the path means double your waterfall fix.

Ball’s Falls is part of the Twenty Mile Creek and is protected by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. The land was once owned by the Ball Family who operated a set of mills powered by the water flow and began the development of the village of Glen Elgin. Sadly, it didn’t last due to railways and waterways that were more accessible in nearby towns and Glen Elgin all but dissolved in the late 1950’s.

The old Ball Family home still stands on the nearby heritage area along with a Grist Mill, a Lime Kiln, a Church, a Blacksmiths and other village buildings

An unexpected turn of events…

I was getting ready to dump some funds into my trip account and also pick up a new action cam this week to start putting together some better videos but I had a breakdown with my faithful truck. Sadly, that has left me with limited mobility and worse, it has left me with a very large bill for repairs. To that point, the repair cost was not worth it and I am looking into a new vehicle this week. Well, new to me anyway. Luckily, a new vehicle has been found and I am now waiting for it to be tested and registered. Hopefully by the end of this week I’ll have some new wheels and I can try to get the bill to fit in with my trip savings for Ireland and England this fall.

With every bump in life comes some unexpected good and bad. In this case I see it as a positive. I get to try out a new vehicle and learn all I can about it, I get some perspective on being able to overcome the unexpected in life and I get to continue doing what I love to do, getting out and having fun.

The replacement vehicle has lower mileage and a smaller engine so I will be saving on gas and that means longer road trips for less money. A blessing in disguise for my treks this summer!

Wish me luck, catch you out there and remember to do it Just For The Trek Of It!

To GoPro or just go ProAm?

Hey guys, I am looking into some future investments: I want to start producing more content that is engaging and fun. Pictures and stories are great but what really captivates the mind is video!

It’s the feeling of being there, being a part of the action and being engaged. I for one, spend a ridiculous amount of time on YouTube watching others show off their getaways, hikes, tutorials, and just plain silliness. I love seeing people in their natural element and showing us the full interaction instead of just a split second in time. The cliché goes “a picture is worth a thousand words” so what does that mean if the picture is passing at 30 frames per second?

I have been interested in a GoPro camera since my daughter was born, nearly 5 years ago but never really had a solid use case for it other than the occasional moment I wanted to capture with her but I assumed that I would be more likely to just have my phone nearby. To be honest, action sports and outdoor activities weren’t really in my vocabulary at that time either so buying a camera designed for these purposes wasn’t a very likely scenario. Things have obviously changed since then, I make it a priority now to be outside and go on a good walk, hike or road trip by-weekly at minimum so I will be out there and capturing more moments than ever before.

I am on a limited budget for something like this with my trip coming up in September, so I am looking into 3 options that I think fit the bill.

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YouTube starts today!

I have been creating templates and logos and thumbnails etc for what seems like hours yesterday just to get this whole thing started but I think I’m happy with the result…

My YouTube channel gets it’s first video today at 2PM EST!

I recorded a small bit of my hike at Spencer’s Gorge in Dundas Ontario and took some pictures and wanted to share.

I have a video or 2 uploaded on other channels from years ago just to show some of the other things I was into at the time but those were just to have a place to share a quick video for friends or family. This is going to be a big push for me to get out and do this more often to be able to provide content on a semi regular basis.

I hope to start posting at least one video every 2 weeks as that is basically my limit of free time to get out on my days off and explore. As I get more equipment or ideas to talk about things related to my treks, I might increase the frequency, but for now this gives me enough time to get out there, make a video, edit and post it.

I would love it if you would subscribe to my channel and have a look for yourselves and leave me a critique. I know it’s going to be bumpy at first (and noisy as I don’t have a pro camera and mic setup yet) but I hope that I can make things better over time and offer you guys a glimpse of my love for the outdoors and travels!

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Making plans for The Emerald Isle and The Old Country – Europe Bound!

So those of you that know me well enough have probably heard that I will be travelling in September 2017 to Europe. 2 Countries, 2 Weeks, and I can’t wait!

I was told a while back, by my best friend, that his wedding would be taking place in England and that he wanted me there to be a part of it. How could I possibly refuse? I have never been outside of North America but I have always wanted to travel far and wide and this was my final kick out the door.

This was months ago now and things have evolved at a really fast pace: Sadly, due to legal permits etc, the wedding will no longer be in England but they are still going for the pre-honeymoon and family time in the Old Country and I will be meeting up with them for the second leg of what turned into my 2 week trip.

After finding out that their wedding would be here in Canada after their return, I decided I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to hop across the pond and travel anyway, and schedules have aligned for me to meet with them after my first week in Ireland to get together for pints and sights.

So far my plans have been shaping up to be a very busy trip: Making my way from Dublin to Glendalough, Cork,  Limerick and Galway for the first 8 or 9 days and then spending the rest of my trip in the gorgeous Lake District in north western England. I plan on taking in as much of the natural and cultural beauty these two ancient lands have to offer.

I think that I’m most looking forward to the smaller towns and countryside that I will see and experience. The old architecture of the houses and cathedrals built centuries before Canada was even a colony. The cities that have stood for millennia. the woods and lakes that have sheltered, fed and watered generations of foot travellers.

This trip is going to span hikes in nature to downtown cores and everything in between. I have my passport ready, time off booked and a spark that is pushing me to get everything organised to take the trip of a lifetime!

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Collection of Sunsets – Ontario

I’m a big fan of sunsets. What can I say, hopeless romantic maybe? This is my happy place, my area to reflect, spin down the day and just let out the energy. Anyone who has sat on a beach or lakeside and watched the sun go down over the horizon knows the feeling. The colours you can make out in the sky and the clouds is like nothing you can imagine and as much as a pair of sunglasses are suggested, once the sun is low enough, take them off the rainbow of light you can see will amaze you!

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Ball’s Falls Conservation Area – Lincoln, Ontario – Frog!

Another of my favourite local haunts! Ball’s Falls is just outside of Jordan Ontario, a small town west of St Catharines. It has a rock river bed that runs dry nearly every year in the summer and is an awesome hike! A few of the pictures below have been featured on google maps with thousands of views worldwide. I love this area in the fall, the whole town has a huge craft show with vendors from all over Canada and the US. Well worth the visit on thanksgiving weekend. They use nearly the entire main street, the local school ground and the fair grounds across the street! Check out Niagara Falls Tourism for details.

Short Hills Provincial Park – St Catharines, Ontario – Deer!

Short Hills Provincial Park – St Catharines, Ontario. This past summer I went for a hike to the Short Hills. Great waterfall (sadly it dries up in the hottest days, have to come a few days after the rain in spring to see it) Very awesome valley and if you get off the main trails and make your way through some brush, you can get right to the bottom of the falls and see some unexpected creatures. Take a look at the last pic, its a doe and her 2 fawns. Although blurry, that picture is not zoomed or cropped, I was about 20 yards from all of them for about 2 mins before she realised I was there and jumped away. Nothing will get your heart pumping like being that close to a wild animal and getting to live in the moment!

New blog!

Hello Guys, welcome to the new home for JustForTheTrekOfIt! I plan to start making some original content including pictures, videos, reviews, tips and lots of other things to keep you wanting more! I hope that I can get some interest going with a few pictures I took back in summer and early fall.