Every time I start to postpone blogging, I tell myself that I'm just going to skip today and do it tomorrow, or give myself just this week and start posting the next... Like this time, for instance. And of course, before I knew it, it's already been almost two months.
I feel like I liked blogging better in summer. Summer was giving me some new energy, some comfort, some peace of mind. And how I miss effortless wardrobe, and the sun, and ice cream sandwiches! My summer clothes are still hanging in my closet and I've been very reluctant about boxing them up as if pretending that the drop of temperature was only temporarily. But since I've done some shopping therapy in the past couple of days, I might need a bit of spare space, so looks tile the time has come.
By the way, I'm very grateful for a very gradual weather change this year; it was really warm up till the middle of October, and by the time fall finally started taking over, I felt like I was ready. Ready meaning not "ready to try and adjust to the unavoidable", but really, really ready, without usual season change anxiety. And eating apples and pumpkin pastry (pies, donuts, tarts... you name it) literally non-stop might have helped to soothe and welcome the transition... :) #yum
By the way, I started writing this post meaning to make it about our last day of summer when we (finally!) went to the beach. But since I'm already talking about all things fall, feels like fall pictures will be more appropriate. So let's make this post about the day when we went to a small village of Elora, Wellington Country, ON, and Elora Gorge.
A week before that I became absolutely desperate for a little getaway and started surfing the internet for affordable and transit-accessible options, and out of sudden stumbled upon Parkbus. If you haven't yet used it you're seriously missing out! Parkbus a bus service that connects those of us who don't own a car to the most beautiful parks and hiking trails around GTA and Ontario. All you need to do is simply pick a destination according to their schedule, buy a ticket and show up at a pick-up location. They offer one-day trips as well as overnights, and for me who doesn't own a car it was simply a dream to finally find a way to get out of the city without a headache of planning everything on my own and paying way more. A round trip to Elora was only $50 per person!
So, the day started with a heavy rain, but we were lucky that our closest pick-up location was literally a 5-minute walk from our house. A school bus picked us up, and in a couple of hours we got off in Downtown of Elora which turned out to be the cutest little place. It was a perfect one-day trip, there was so much to do, to see and eat! As soon as we got off, we headed to the nearest coffee shop which was Ashanti Cafe. Let me tell you, their coffee is honestly the best tasting coffee I've ever tried. We loved it so much that we even bought some to grind and make at home.
The old mill on the river bank. It's currently under renovation and will be reopened in 2017 as a luxury hotel and spa.
After lunch, we walked around Elora for a couple of hours. There're so many cafes apart from Ashanti, a bookstore and a few clothing shops.
There's also a small hiking trail in the town itself, with a breathtaking view from the bridge.
After that, we went to get another cup of coffee and decided to go see Elora Gorge, a park/conservation area which is only a 20-minute walk from downtown. The park was pretty crowded. It was actually way more popular tourist destinations than I'd thought.
We've spent a few hours just walking around. The colours were so very beautiful! I was under the impression The Lord of The Rings at the time after having read the book so for me it was very atmospheric. Even my boyfriend said it looked like an old Elven forest!
We found a spot in the park where a portion of trees was all dead. The sound they made when the wind was swinging their tops! Spooky.
In the end, there was a bit of adventure of another kind. We went the wrong way back to the town, and the gates were found were closed. We had to go all the way around the park and were so dangerously close to missing out bus. I mean, Elora was nice and all, but I wasn't planning on spending more money on a hotel, and would we be able to even find any rooms on such a short notice?.. So, the right gate led us out to the highway. Have you even run down the highway like they do in movies? Like, you know, running down a highway somewhere in the desert in Texas or Nevada? Well, now I can say I did something very similar to this. I literally made my boyfriend run for it until finally, we were incredibly lucky to stumble upon our bus right there on the highway, and they picked us up.
I only wish I'd found Parkbus earlier in the summer so we could travel more with it. The summer and fall schedule is currently done but winter schedule opens in January; can't wait!
How's your fall going for you so far? <3