Sunday, September 23, 2007

Westfield Heritage Village

This week's second adventure took place at the Westfield Heritage Village, in Rocton. I realize that this blog is centered around places in Hamilton - but this place is just a 30 minute drive from downtown Hamilton, and is so neat, I just had to include it. You can find directions on their website.

I have been here twice, years ago, so I thought that it would be nice to give it another visit.












I just had to take a picture of this garbage station. Hmm..something tells me that recycling wasn't really a top priority back then. Although, there probably weren't too many things that needed to be recycled. We have a lot more packaging and various man-made materials than they did back in those days.. It is a nice touch, I like how they have kept it in the theme of the park..








This is a popular place for wedding pictures. In the gazebo.












This is really neat. Imagine if these were all over Hamilton, around trees in parks and trails..





I found this building to be the creepiest of them all. Something about this 'ice house' screams: buddy system.










The little white paper sign on the door reads: "Pleeze use back door". Pleeze.














Fall is a good season for photography.



Go to the website and check out the event listings. They have several "Haunted Ghost Walks" planned for 2007-2008 - Although, I wonder how Haunted this really is, since I don't think that many of these buildings were ever used for anything other than the park performances and displays. Either way, I found the place pretty eerie. When I went, the park was open for people to walk around and explore on their own, rog and I were the only ones there. Each time I looked in a window I expected someone, or something, to look back at me. The village is really neat and strange at the same time..check it out and let me know what you think..

Tew's Falls

This week's first adventure took me to Tew's Falls in Dundas. The Tew's Falls are located on the Hamilton (Dundas Valley) Conservation Area, and are a short distance away from Webster's Falls. The drive there is pretty simple. Just take main street past McMaster and straight into Dundas. Take it straight past the library and up the hill. Once you are on the hill, there are signs pointing in the direction of the falls. There is plenty of parking once you get there.

This place is GORGEOUS. I really can't say enough, you have to check it out for yourself.


This sign is on the parking lot.





You have to cross a darling little bridge to get to the falls.


The park is really well taken care of, these observation podiums are great.


Majestic view from the top.


Ta-Dahh..the falls. Gorgeous.




This is my favourite picture of this series.










There are stairs that lead to the Dundas Peak - I didn't go all the way up because I am paranoid about a snake sighting. I just went up to the next observation podium for another view of the falls.










Serenity..


Such a beautiful day.


I loved the Tew's Falls, but pictures only show so much, you should really explore the place on your own. Pictures can not capture the babbling sounds of the water and the smells of nature.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Upper James mountain access

I've driven past this wall structure many-a-time on Upper James, but I have never stopped by to take a closer look. You have to park at one of the side streets across the street and make a mad dash across the busy mountain access to make it to this park. The death defying adventure is well worth it, this place is beautiful.

I don't really know what these walls stand for, it doesn't look like they were ever a part of any structure. They must have been built purely as decoration and as a part of the memorial plaque. Behind the walls is a set of mountain access stairs, although I would not recommend taking the stairs past dusk as things can get a tad..creepy.

Walking there..



















It would be neat if this thing worked..


I like this place, it was really beautiful and it had a great view of the city. Does anyone know what the walls stand for?