A small detour took me under the ‘rainbow bridge’ – visible to anyone who’s driven up the DVP north of Eglinton – and gave me an opportunity to finally read all the words of wisdom scrawled within by our local teenagers. My favourite was a long, itemized checklist – which was either well-organized bragging, or a ‘To-Do’ list – either way, it gave me a laugh. This is just a short excerpt… you’ll have to go to read the rest. ‘JAYWALKING. PICKING TRILLIUMS. PUBLIC URINATION. CONSUMPTION (WEED). POSSESSION (WEED). MICKED PEANUTS. UNDERAGE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL. SEATBELT NEGLIGENCE. MAKING A FIRE IN A PUBLIC PARK.’ …Sounds like a helluva night!
I was also quite taken with the Milne house – an abandoned, historic Gothic Revival farmhouse. The sign (defaced of course) tells the passers-by that it is in the midst of being restored, and will have a heritage garden too. Some day. As for today, it looked like a good set for a gothic horror film. Remember that armless legless thing living on the wheeled cart under the bed in that old X-Files episode? I think he lives there.
My daughter liked the CN Railway bridge the best – you can see it if you are driving east on Eglinton just before Don Mills – but seeing it from underneath is much much better. It’s awfully impressive in its rusting glory, as you stand, feeling like a little ant, and look up at all the criss-crossing girders soaring into the sky. Exciting stuff for anyone, not just a 3 year old.
And the best thing about all of this, is it’s walking distance from my house – the entrance is easily found just west of the DVP, south off of Lawrence Avenue (although I do confess I did drive – there is a heat alert on today after all).
More on Charles Sauriol Conservation Reserve is here:
And more in-depth info on the Milne house can be found here: