Trail Talk 91 November 6th 2019

Probably a panther mushroom

On the Friday hike we saw an interesting mushroom at Naftel’s which I think is a panther.  Later that day on the Front road trail I saw a rabbit which was the first time I have seen one there this year.    On Saturday four of us hiked the Old Menesetung and GART trails.  We looked at the bad slumping that caused the reroute of the Menesetung trail.  A fisherman pointed out a school of over 40 fish in the Maitland river which he said were Steelheads (aka as rainbow trout). The High bush cranberries (aka Cranberry Viburnum) were full of bright red berries.  These apparently are edible but are very tart and are eaten by grouse and songbirds.  Near the bayfield river are green dragons which now have bright red clusters of berries which are very similar to those of the jack-in-the-pulpit.

On Sunday I saw a deer crossing over River Line, the first time I have seen one there. There was also a family of turkeys in the corn patch on School house road.   .

On Monday morning I hiked on the Hullett Sugar Bush trail.

Green dragon berries

I soon met two rabbit hunters who had three small dogs.  There were three windfalls on the trail. I cleared the two smaller ones and when I came back, two Friends of Hullett had come in and cut and cleared the larger one, which had been marked for logging, but had come down on its own. The shrubs along the blue trail had red berries so, what I had thought were Russian olives, I now believe are the invasive autumn olives. Later that day, while walking in the Maitland Woods, I was surprised to see a small fish in the pond near boardwalk 8. The fish quickly disappeared into the weeds.

Point Farms has an interesting history. The first Point Farms hotel was built to accommodate 60 guests in 1870 but has burnt down and rebuilt in 1872 to accommodate 200 guests and could seat 600 in the dining room. It was a very popular destination in the late 1800s. The hotel closed in 1915 due to lack of business, the hotel was dismantled in the 1920s so that now there is no longer any trace of the building. Learn more about Point Farms on the November 17th hike.

UPCOMING HIKES etc.

Oct 1 –Dec 31 the Maitland Trail section from 9.4 to 10.5 km will be closed.

.November 4th to 10th the Maitland Trail, Bayfield Woodland Trail and Lobb trails will be closed for deer gun hunting.

Thursday November 7th 7 p.m. Lakeshore United Church Goderich. Green Goderich are hosting Kerry McLaven’s talk “Forests Ontario A Healthy Dose of Green.”

Friday November 8th 7:30 p.m. Maitland Trail Membership meeting at the Livery in Goderich. Speaker Roger Lewington on the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy.

Saturday November 9th 9 a.m. Hike the Exeter trails moderately fast pace about 2 hours

Meet at the parking lot at 71042 Morrison Line. We will hike both the MacNaughton -Morrison trails and the Morrison Dam Conservation are trails,. Leader Patrick Capper email pcapper99@gmail.com

Sunday November 17th 1:30 p.m Hike the Point Farms Provincial Park trails . moderate pace about 1 1/2 hours.  enjoy the enchantment of a walk through the old farm are at this park, which has a little of everything- level but curving trail,  long incline down to the beach, lakeside section a slow climb, sheltered trees, back up tot he top of the bluff and more level trail. Contact Anne Storey 519-529-3050 or storeya61@gmail.com