Through process of elimination, I was left with none other than Albion Hills to return to. Venturing further from home, beyond the TRCA jurisdictions, was another option, yet with greater distance comes greater fear - a fear of no available washrooms.
What should we do now?
"But this is the only trail that's open."
"Should we go elsewhere to hike?"
"There are no other areas open in the area though, and the sun is setting soon."
"Should we eat dinner??"
"It's only 4pm."
"What else is there to do???"
Such first-world concerns would never have arisen in the absence of COVID closures.
Alas, I suggested a Burger King stop, owing hunger to the hike and curiosity to the franchise's All Dressed Chicken Nuggets.
Traffic conditions were relatively light in spite of the Family Day long weekend, enabling us to proceed without delays.
The snowstorm had arrived.
We would part ways, returning to our respective homes in search of warmth, food, and shelter.