During our trip to Ontario last Spring we went on a couple of hikes through the trails around Georgian Bay. On this particular day we were heading to the cliffs of Lion’s Head, so we parked our car and had to make our way along a road to access the main trail. It was a lovely warm spring day for a hike and as Steve and I walked along together chatting, we saw in the distance a little orange cat heading down a driveway towards the road. He seemed to be coming with a purpose, as he turned at the end of the drive and headed in our direction.
He kept walking towards us as if intent on greeting us personally at the start of our trek. As he drew closer he slowed down and sat as if waiting for us to reach him. We’re used to cats that talk to us all the time, but this cat never made a sound.
As we got up to him, he rolled over and invited us to pat him, loving the attention from another set of hikers that he waylaid at the start of their climb up the cliffs of Lion’s Head.
As Steve patted him I got this portrait of this gentle, beautiful ginger cat who gave us such a great welcome to our start of the Lion’s Head Trail.