Trail Talk 134 September 2nd 2020

On August 19th one of our local hikers Susan Ethelston from Benmiller completed hiking the whole G2G trail.  On most sections she hiked on her own, parking the car and hiking a few km and then back again to the car as part of her Covid-19 keep fit program.  Congratulations to Susan.

I am taking part in the Do it Yourself (DIY) Maitland Camino. I am trying to complete 30 of the 36 squares in the Bingo card. When you read this I will have filled out C1- wear a hat and, hopefully, not A1 – get a blister.  To see details of the virtual DIY Camino(Sept 1-27th )  at  https://www.maitlandtrail.ca/mta-el-camino/, if you sign up the cost is $10 and you may have a chance to win prizes .

On Saturday  hiking in from Sharpes Creek Line heading West I was surprised to see five black squirrels running out from the soy beans across the trail and into the forest, last week I only saw three.  There must be something very attractive about those soy beans. On another day I was surprised that someone had left a treat for me on the trail – a PC bar fully wrapped- but perhaps they just accidently dropped it!

We had two very large tomato hornworm caterpillars on one of our tomato plants.  They will eventually turn into magnificent Waved Sphinx moths. On Monday hiking in the Morris Tract I saw a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly, which flew to the tree tops so I did not get a photo of it, my photo was taken two years ago.

August 21st was the ninth anniversary of the Goderich Tornado. What a big difference eleven years has made to the vegetation that has developed, in the destruction, left by that tornedo!

On Sunday evening the mosquitoes were so bad that I had only a very short walk at the Clinton Conservation area, but in that short time I saw a frog, a garter snake and a toad. On the way to the hike on Tuesday I saw a coyote crossing the road – it has been many years since I spotted one.

For allergy sufferers there is now a lot of common and great ragweed, both have green flower heads that carry the yellow pollen causing hay fever.  I was amazed at how much ragweed was at Clan Gregor square.

Notes

Hikers are expected to be socially distant from others

The Woodland Arboretum Nature trail is closed across the bridge at the pond for an unknown time

The Maitland Trail between 9.6 and 10.2 km is expected to be closed until the end of the year

Saturday Sept 12th at 9 a.m. Hike on the Maitland Trail and John and MaryLo Graham Nature Conservancy trails for about 1 ½ hours at a moderate pace. Meet near 80965 Sharpes Creek Line, just South of Bishop’s Rd. Bring your own pen to sign the waiver sheet.  Leader Patrick Capper.

The G2G trail Most of the resurfacing should be completed by the time you read this, a great accomplishment – well done, go out and enjoy the wonderful surface. However check the G2G Website for sections closed

The logging at Lobbs is now not expected until after the Soy bean crop has been harvested.

Bayfield River Valley Association will have hikes on Oct 25th and at Naftel’s and on Nov 17th at the Mavis and Taylor trails  both hikes start at 2 p.m.

Tuesday Trompers restarted on June 23rd

Uneven day hikers restarted on July 23rd, we go out at 8:30a.m. for 1 ½ to 2 hours on Wednesday or Thursday whichever has an odd date, e.g Thursday September 3rd .  Contact pcapper.

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