Wednesday, September 18, 2013

My Enchanted Encounter at The Hermitage Ruins!

Fortune is a prize to be won.
Adventure is the road to it.
Chance is what may lurk in the shadows at the roadside.
                         William Sydney Porter


“Let’s go to The Hermitage Ruins” I had no idea what the Ruins were nor where they were located but on finding out they were in the middle of the forest I was all in. Melissa, Kat and I were to spend a rare day together in the city. A city surrounded by incredible waterfalls and protected conservation areas that I had never explored. I must say this was a part of Hamilton Ontario that I truly never knew existed and was looking forward to this. I have over the years explored most of Hamilton this hustling bustling beautiful eclectic city where I have always discovered something new but I was really looking forward to this unknown side. Why have I never heard of this?

This particular spot was just outside a place called Ancaster. Oh to explore the wilderness so far from the farm and see what this area had to offer mixed with a whole day of hiking with my girls was going to be incredible. I could not wait, I was jumping with anticipation and I could see the girls could not wait either. I have always known the girls missed the peace and quiet of the farm and our tall tree filled bush so this was a perfect activity for us all. With Melissa’s Hamilton Area Conservation pass in hand, a back pack and lots of water we were off exiting the city and heading to places unknown, at least unknown to me.


After first driving and then hiking trails near Dundas Ontario to see and explore some wonderful trails with incredibly beautiful waterfalls and exploring an old train station that had run from Toronto to Buffalo New York now abandoned but preserved with the original train sitting on the original section of track we hiked back to our car and headed to “The Hermitage Ruins.” After hearing the stories from Melissa this was truly the part I wanted to see before it may sadly disappear. http://www.hamiltonnews.com/news/ancasters-historic-hermitage-ruins-set-to-come-down/.
 I made a note to myself to come back and explore all the conservation areas and waterfalls that are abundant near the beautiful escarpment. I could not wait to find those Ruins. The clock was ticking as they say.


The girls chose not to mention to me the true dark history of this place, the history that if I had of been watching TV and a Creepy Canada episode would have known that it was haunted. All I knew while hiking in was that it was in the middle of the woods and as we walked down the gravel path my eyes were filled with I have to say the most beautiful picturesque woods that I had ever seen. I felt like I was back on the farm in the bush I love. The trees were thick and beautiful, the moist brilliant green moss covered rocks made my heart skip a beat or two, there was the odd sound of traffic from a nearby highway but it was so very peaceful. The girls both said they felt a heaviness in their chest I had no such feeling.

 Now that I think about it I don’t remember hearing any birds chirping which now seems strange, I do know my heart was beating loudly with so much excitement and there was probably noisy laughter with the girls, that always happens when we are together.


Finally after hiking for a bit we stumbled upon the old mansion “The Hermitage Ruins” my heart was singing and I no longer cared about the haunted side of its story. This place was incredible, sadly incredible. I felt such a profound sense of peace and could imagine the poor woman who lived here and had not left till her death, even going so far as building a small house in the middle of this burned out mansion so she could live there, I could understand that one completely. The surrounding enchanting forest would have kept me there also. I know because I have the same life gripping connection to that beautiful tall tree filled bush back home. We circled the Ruins as Melissa enlightened us with the whole story. I sensed no fear just a profound sense of peacefulness. That is when I heard those birds sing just as I walked around and stood under a huge apple tree filled with green apples that now littered the ground. I took photo after photo of this once stately manor. I truly felt like I was home.


Melissa, Kat and I now seeing that it was getting late decided we better hike back to the car before it became dark. One thing we all agreed on was not one of us wanted to be there after dark. We headed down the lane and through the forest, I took my time. The girls were out of sight on this curvy road but I was not afraid and took in all the view, snapping photos as I went. I rounded a bend and with no one in sight found myself standing and staring at a beautiful magnificent creature. She was not afraid and neither was I. I walked closer to her and she did not move.


As I was focusing my camera for another shot as if by magic there was a velvet antlered buck standing beside her, I have no idea how he had gotten in my shot, I forgot about focusing. We were all just standing and staring at each other and I took a shot but was truly so amazed at this gift it did not turn out well. It was like the true beauty was for my eyes only. I have no idea how long we all stood there but I backed up and they walked very slowly back into forest, that beautiful peaceful forest.


I will never forget that feeling of such peace and that special gift that only I had been given to enjoy and you can bet when I return to Hamilton again I will go back to visit those Ruins and hope to once again see my new friends. A truly enchanted encounter indeed.


That whole story about being haunted….. Well I do not know I had no such creepy feelings just a complete peaceful feeling but I still think I would not venture there in the dark……. just in case.
Here is a link to the Creepy Canada Show if you dare. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cva0-CuoOaY

Later


35 comments:

  1. There's a wee, little part of me that believes in ghosts. As much as I love your photos, B, I have to admit I'd be looking over my shoulder every single minute... great shots dear.

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  2. Hi
    I reached your blog through TWG ( Tex Wis Girl) You have a nice post here.The ruins sure is an enchanting place.Photographs are superb. I loved the quizzicallook of the deer crossing the road.
    Do visit my blog at your leisure. Best Wishes. Ram

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  3. What a wonderful place to stumble onto! I would love to see The Hermatige Ruins someday. Makes me feel like Indiana Jones LOL.

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  4. Can't say I do or I don't believe in the creepy stuff...I have an open mind. (Hubs says that's cause I have holes in my head) I love the old ruins and the feeling of time standing still around them and the deep cool silence of the forest. Another beautiful post girl.

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  5. What a fascinating place! I'd love to visit there - I adore old ruins (haunted or not!)

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  6. What fun! There's so much magic around old ruins!

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  7. That is wonderful you went with your girls, and I know that would be very pleasing. Sounds like you had a great time...Hugs M xox

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  8. Oh Buttons I would have loved it there too. Thanks so much for sharing . Love that you soaked up the peaceful enchanted feelings that brought you in touch with your " deer " new friends .
    Glad you had fun with the girls too !

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  9. I would have felt the peace, too, like you, and not the heaviness. It looks incredibly serene and so very interesting a place to explore. What a fun trip!

    And I have to get me a new pair of boots for the field, and I'm going to see if I can find any with pink on them, like your Cadillac boots!

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  10. I love exploring old ruins like that and what a lovely setting! I hope you get to go back and visit your new 'friends' again soon! :)

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  11. What a lovely place! I would like to visit Canada someday.

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  12. What a lovely place Buttons. The photos are wonderful!

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  13. How fun!
    Who doesn't like to be a little scared? :) Glad you had a great time with your girls!

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  14. Cool place to visit. I, too,would only visit during the day. Love old ruins. Fabulous images.

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  15. What a wonderful experience. A very interesting place to see. One I think I would certainly love.

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  16. Good that you got to see them before they are gone!

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  17. i love that you felt peace and not eerieness. sweet place.

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  18. Oh how I love too explore places unknown! What a cool place to "haunt". (just a play on words). Have fun!

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  19. I love old ruins! Especially ones where ghosts or spirits might be lurking about. :)

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  20. This sounds like a fascinating outing. I love old places where people remember the stories about them.

    One day I hope your wild turkeys let you get as close as you got to those deer.

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  21. I love the feel of places that are out of the way, forgotten (more or less).

    As for the creepy show, I've made the mistake of watching one and then visiting the location -- never again!

    Superstitiously Yours,

    Pearl

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  22. B.

    I can only imagine the history behind this place, it's gorgeous. I love your pictures. Did you feel the presence of any ghosts?

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  23. Girl, you got me shivering...but then again that could just be because the sun went behind the clouds...lol.

    Great story, sometimes we are blessed wish Nature treading across our path, as we tread across her's.

    Jen

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  24. I have encountered my fathers ghost so yeah I believe in them . Fun adventure .. thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  25. It sounds like you and your girls had a wonderful time! I think it's neat that they enjoy exploring things like you do.

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  26. We usually find what we're looking for. You look for peace and beauty and find it everywhere.

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  27. How cool! It looks like such a beautiful surrounding and really neat ruins. Love that you made a couple friends haha :)

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  28. it looks peaceful--love the light through the trees--

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  29. K=Kimberly from Kimberly's Cup

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  30. oooohhhh b, what a great spot!! i love the "looking up" throught the trees shot!!

    will will always see the beauty, no matter the place....

    and deer, be still my heart, what a great sight!!

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  31. I'm so glad that you felt peace there, and that you met such sweet critter friends. Your shots are beautiful! The woods do look magical. And the ruins--I can see how they would be sad but peaceful.

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  32. what a treasure! i am in awe...

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  33. I'm commenting on your pics before I go check out the Creepy show. The forest looks beautiful and the ruins are so interesting. How cool to encounter the deer as you were leaving!

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  34. B, I've felt the exact same about those woods. They are certainly enchanted and I'm certain home to gnomes and faeries. Its so cool to know you felt something there too!

    I'm spending my evening catching up with you, so fun! :-)

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