Yesterday I climbed up McCloskey Road from Meach Lake up the escarpment, prosaically renamed by the NCC as Trail # 2. Now the only vestiges of the McCloskey farm is a bit of a clearing and a foundation, with the forest reclaiming the thin soil. I can only imagine their farming experience to have been like the trail - short and tough. Next time I'll stick to the Ridge Road route.
The reward for all that herringboning uphill was the view over the Ottawa valley from the Western cabin. I tipped the waiter and got a window table.