Trail Talk – June 27, 2018

Hiking in the hot weather can be a problem, so it is wise to bring water along to drink. There are still interesting sights along the trails but the abundance of spring flowers is now over. Watch out for the butterflies such as the Monarch and Tiger Swallowtail which are both very distinctive. Other ones are often hard to identify unless you have a lot of patience or they stay still for a while. The white roses on the Taylor trail at Varna were in full bloom on Sunday June 17th, and the Michigan lilies on the Clinton Conservation trail were in bud but not yet out. On June 18th and there was a small American toad on the Lobb trail. The Tuesday Trompers hiking on the Bayfield Woodland trail saw a garter snake, the first one I have seen on a hiking trail this year.

I have seen chipmunks more often than usual this year. When we were away several chipmunks in our garden came to an unfortunate end. They climbed up the discharge hose of a rain barrel and went into the barrel where they were unable to escape. I have now put wire at the end of the discharge hose so that chipmunks can no longer get into the rain barrels.

The Wednesday walk at Exeter went well despite a small sprinkle of rain. We were rewarded by seeing two toads, a snapping turtle, a white squirrel and a rabbit. A white squirrel has not yet stayed put long enough for me to get a good photograph of it. In the evening I found that the showy lady’s slipper orchids were out in the Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area.

The Dr Williams’ sign, we believe, was by the Ironwood at 4.5km just before the trail comes out onto Colborne Place. Does anyone remember exactly where and when this sign was last on the Maitland trail?

Upcoming Hikes

Sunday, July 1st 6:00 AM Welcome to Canada Day Sunrise Walk Level 1, Leisurely Pace, 2+ hrs

Start the day by enjoying the beauty of the early dawn awakening the river valley and the cool, early morning air to remind us why we are so lucky to live here. We will start at the St Christopher’s Beach pavilion Cancelled if wet. Contact: Wendy 519.525.6976 or Anne 519.529.3050

Saturday July 7th 9:00 AM Jenkins to Morris Tract Line moderately fast pace, about 2 hours. This section is from 7.9 km to 14.7 km followed by a 0.7 km side trail. This section has quite a few hills and is fairly close to the Maitland River for much of its length. Meet at 36833 Londesboro Road where it meets Morris Tract Line at 9 a.m. and then we will car pool to Jenkins. Leader Patrick Capper pcapper99@gmail.com

Sunday July 8th 2:00 PM Join the Bayfield Trail Association on the Lobb Trail approx 7 km. Leaders Peter Jeffers, Jack Pal, and Adriaan Schreuder will accompany hikers on an active Hike (rather than a casual stroll) along the Lobb Trail. This is a beautiful well-groomed trail with several river side locations, gentle hills, scenic rest stops and some heritage interpretation plaques. The nature trail winds over an old pottery kiln and through a homestead area, whilst there is also a Carolinean forest with flora and fauna typical of this type of habitat a mature woodlots with mushrooms and a variety of tree species.

Saturday September 29th to Sunday September 30th 2 day MTA El Camino registration is now open Cost $25 adults $10 if under 18 details: www.maitlandtrail.ca/mta-el-camino-2018

Midweek Hikes

The Tuesday Trompers walk for about an hour at a moderate to slow pace starting at 9:00 AM Contact Al Sanders at allan.sanders@hurontel.on.ca

The Wednesday hikes start at 9:00 AM for 1.5 to 2 hours at a moderately fast pace. Contact pcapper99@gmail.com

The Friday L.I.F.E. hikers usually meet at 8:15 at the Betty Cardno Centre in Clinton and hike for 1.5 hours to 2 hours, one group at a moderate the other group at a moderately fast pace. Contact cphillips@onecaresupport.ca

If you have questions or something of interest for Trail Talk email me Patrick Capper at pcapper99@gmail.com.