Hike at Rattlesnake Point
After several years of isolation and social distancing due to Covid-19 restrictions, The Moses Lab Retreat returned on May 1-2, 2023. As an added bonus, this year the retreat was a collaborative effort, as we were joined by Alex Nguyen Ba’s research group. Alex was Alan Moses’ second Ph.D. student, who now heads his own lab on the U of T Mississauga Campus, following a successful Post-Doctoral placement in Michael Desai’s Lab at Harvard University in Boston.
Despite a rather poor weather forecast, all lab members descended on Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area, located in the Halton Region of Ontario. The conservation area spans close to 100 square kilometres, with ~10 kilometres of cliff-edge and forest trails – adjacent to The Niagara Escarpment – with access to The Bruce Trail. The area is named after the snake-like path cut by glaciers along the escarpment. The group navigated some muddy trails, and were rewarded by beautiful scenery from several lookout points – AND, surprisingly pleasant weather, as the rain held off for the duration of our hike!!!
The group followed the Nassagaweya Trail to Buffalo Crag Lookout, at which point the 2 groups separated for some deep, scientific and philosophical discussions. The hike concluded in perfect synchronicity, as the rain started once we were back in the parking lot…!!!!
After several years of isolation and social distancing – The Moses Lab Retreat returned on May1-2, 2023!! As an