This past Sunday Garrett and I volunteered at a huge celebration of the Oak Ridges Moraine – one of the most important landscapes in southern Ontario. Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM) Coalition, Earthroots, Ontario Nature and EcoSpark invited people from across southern Ontario to Purple Woods Conservation Area in Oshawa, Ontario for a day of hiking, country music and good food.
The day started with a guided hike through the beautiful terrain.
Then everyone came back to the Purple Woods Heritage Hall for a delicious BBQ lunch.
It was such a lovely fall day, with the doors wide open to enjoy the amazing views.
Garrett and I were in charge of manning the bar. It was so much fun to hang out together and take orders. If our day jobs don’t work out, we now have a backup plan!
My mom works for STORM and has been working so hard on this event for months, so we were glad to be able to share in the day with her and show our support for a great cause. Long time readers may remember that I helped out for STORM’s 20th anniversary event on a heritage train and made 160+ boxed lunches. I had a blast at the last one that when we heard about this event, we both volunteered right away.
My dad and Garrett’s parents came to join us for the day.
In honour of all his hard work, he was given a stone to add to the heritage pathway in his name, as well as a maple tree planted in the forest.
The afternoon continued with a set by local band Northern Roads…
…followed by rising country music star, Lindsay Broughton.