Trail talk 135 September 9th 2020

September 1st was  day one of my virtual Maitland Camino.  My first hike was therefore with the Tuesday Trompers  at the Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area Sugar Bush trails.  I managed to fill  squares C1 – Wear a hat, M1 Observe wildlife tracks, N1 Used sunscreen, C2 Carry a First Aid kit, A2 Hugged a tree, M2 See a frog (a leopard frog), I2 Use bug repellant, N2 Identify a tree (Yellow birch) O2 Stopped for a snack, A4 Observe fungi or lichen (a large puffball), M4 use trekking pole(s) ( used my Uncle’s one with a whistle at the top), I4  Use a reusable water bottle, A5 Take a photo of a blaze, M5 Eat something with oats in it (My homemade raisin oatmeal cookie)and N5 Check your map or compass.  On Sept 2nd I hiked in the Morris Tract to River Bend –about 6 km  and so filled in I1 Climb a big hill,C4 Cross water,  and A3 Use an outhouse (the one at River Bend) .To see details of the virtual DIY Camino(Sept 1-27th ) at, if you sign up the cost is $10 and you may have a chance to win prizes .

I was wondering when a hill becomes a mountain, this is obviously different in the Netherlands and Switzerland . There used to be one standard of 2000 ft and in England the standard is apparently 1000 ft, The 25 m (82 ft) ascent in the Morris Tract,  along with the steps up to Cherrydale road are probably the biggest hills on the Maitland Trail but they would not qualify as a big hill in England or in many other places.

On the Maitland Camino Bingo A1 square is “Get a Blister”.  I hope I don’t get a blister, but the best way to get one is to get a brand new pair of hikers, preferably that don’t fit too well, then go on a long hike.  I never go on long hikes with brand new shoes, but break them in on short hikes, so if I do get a blister it is not too long before I can take my boot off.

If you want to complete N3 ,”Get stung or bitten by an insect”, I recommend hiking in the evening at a place that has standing water, such as the Clinton Conservation area or Hullett trails and don’t use any bug repellent. If you want at the same time to complete I 2, “Use bug repellent’, then you could use it on only one arm or side of the face to allow a bug to bite on the other side!

On Sunday Aug 30th I hiked at Lobbs and on the way there saw two turkeys crossing School road. On the Upper trail just past the second cut off there is a creek and a small pond. I keep trying to photograph the small fish in the tiny pond, but it is the same colour as the mud. On that day I was surprised to see not just the one fish (about 8 inches long) but two fish there.

We had an interesting grasshopper come into our house a Pine-tree spur-throated grasshopper, apparently not too often seen. It did not move as I carried it out onto the railing to take a photo.


 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 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.

Turkey Hunting season is Oct 1-31st  for bow hunting, Oct 13-25th for gun hunting.

Tuesday Trompers meet at 9 a.m. every week at different trails for a one hour hike.

Uneven day hikers meet at 8:30a.m. for 1 ½ to 2 hour hike on Wednesday or Thursday whichever has an odd date, e.g Thursday September 17th .  Contact pcapper.

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