Beauty in Ruins - Quaker Road Farmhouse

With Spring upon us - not that you can tell from the snow flurries and the cold - I'm getting back out, hiking and exploring my way around the Ruins that surround us.

Last weekend I heard about the ruins of an old farmhouse somewhere in the bush north of Quaker Rd, so I did a little investigation on Google Maps, scouring the satellite view for clues. I didn't have much to go on, and it's a long road with a lot of empty areas, but I found something that looked to be man-made, with straight edges and a corner that could be foundations.

So, off I headed, parking at a nearby school and hiking up into the brush in what I hoped was the right direction. I am not ashamed to admit that I was woefully unprepared. The bush was thick with thorns that tore my legs open (my aversion to pants not helping matters), and it was a veritable swamp in places, leaving me with soaked and cold. The bush was also much thicker than the satellite image would suggest, leaving me all but blind to to what lay beyond the next tree or bush.

I zig-zagged my way around, as much to navigate the swamp as to maximize my search area, and finally stumbled upon my first glimpse of what I was looking for.

Definitely foundations of a building of some sort, although the lack of anything that looked like a door, and what looked to be a watering trough outside made me think barn more than house.

Whatever it was, it looked to be part of a larger complex, with evidence of more foundations and stone floors all around it, worn to the ground and all-but swallowed by the swamp.

Definitely a cool exploration, and one I'd like to revisit when I'm better dressed and more prepared. Having found what I was looking for, I decided to head to the west, where the ground seemed a little higher and drier, and make my way back to the car from there. That's when I stumbled across a second set of ruins.

This immediately looked like a house. It was on the high ground, it had a door, and it even had old, worn, mossy steps leading up to it.

Definitely an area to revisit once the ground dries up a bit, but before the greenery starts to grow back, obscuring the view