Trail Talk 107 February 26th 2020

This tree was unusual as it joined itself together again to make a D

The Friday hike had 18 out despite the cold (-15o C) weather. We hiked the Maitland Trail from Auburn.   At one point on the trail there were wing marks on the snow from a wild turkey – perhaps the one we saw.

Chewy and I don’t like the cold. He doesn’t like temperature below about -10oC and at these sorts of temperatures I have a lot of problem keeping my hands warm. I use double mittens and rechargeable hand warmers which last about an hour, while other hikers take their gloves off – I guess it is an effect of old age and poorer circulation.

The previous week’s hike at Exeter had some interesting trees, a stump had an interesting “cap”,  like a letter C, and a tree where the trunk split and then rejoined and appeared like a letter D. This reminded me of a quest to photograph naturally occurring letters from A to Z.   I once saw such a poster while visiting France.  I suspect finding a G, R and Q will be very difficult. I have decided that I’ll not move anything to make a letter but might remove some pieces to make the letter I spot clearer, and/ or rotate the photo.

On Monday Feb 17th Lobb was a very popular spot with 11 vehicles parked there.  The trail was good hard packed snow, thanks to the effort of Boris Decker.  At the bird feeder a young child was holding out his hand to try to get a chickadee to take seed from it, his mother was getting tired of waiting and said it was time to go, but shortly after that a chickadee took seed from his outstretched hand.

I am reading “Successful Aging” by D. Levitin. He mentions that people who live over 100 typically have the following in common:

They are physically active, not through weight and endurance training, but through chores, gardening and walking as an integrated part of their lives – they move a lot.

Other attributes were – having a sense of purpose, -having lower levels of Stress – slower pace – strong family community ties and a varied diet mostly based on plant sources.

This means that joining our hikes might prolong your life.

The Town of Goderich is contributing to the Maitland Woods Bridge and Boardwalk Repair Project – 2 steel beams worth $1200 will be supplied for the bridge near Huckins St.
Big thanks to the Town for this significant contribution!


Note. The Bayfield Woodland trail parking area at David Street has been blocked with truckloads of snow so entry should be made from Sarnia Street and parking at Clan Gregor Square.

Sunday March 8, 2:00 PM, Woodland Trail International Women’s Day Hike: About 3.5 km This is a Bayfield River Valley Association hike.  Leaders/more info: Pam Bowers, Annerieke VanBeets, Ralph Blasting 519-525-3205



Saturday March 14th 9 a.m.  About 1 ½ hours Snowshoe or hike at Hullett Sugar Bush. Moderate pace.   Meet at 80602 Wildlife Line . Leader Patrick Capper  or 519-606-0016

Saturday March 21, 11:00 AM, Mavis Trail 2.5 km A spring hike lead by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association. Leader: Dave MacLaren 519-565-5480

Sunday March 22nd 1:30 p.m. Point Farms hike Level 2 moderate pace 1½ hours

We will plan to do a circuit, following the Old Farms north trail, then the Ravine Trail, then descend to the beach. Contact Anne Storey (519) 529-3050 or in case of a change in plans.

Mid Week Hikes
The Tuesday Trompers walk for about an hour at a moderate to slow pace starting at  9 a.m. Contact Al Sanders at

The Uneven Hikers meet on Wednesday or Thursday. Hikes start at 9 a.m. for 1 ½ to 2 hours at a moderately fast pace. We hike only on the odd dates. e.g Wednesday Feb 5th and Thursday Feb 13th .   Contact

The Friday L.I.F.E. hikers usually meet at 8:10 at the Betty Cardno Centre in Clinton  and hike for 1 ½ hours to 2 hours, one group at a moderate the other group at a moderately fast pace. Contact