Trail Talk 136 Sept 16th 2020

Uneven hikers crossing the Ausable river

September 1st was  day one of my virtual Maitland Camino.  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 .

On squares O4 and O5 “Wonder if you are lost”, “Figure out you actually are lost.”  The best way to do this, is to go out near dusk with a friend who is also unfamiliar with the trail, without a map, compass or flashlight. (however, be sure you have a working cell phone). Then have an engrossing conversation with each other and pay no attention to the blazes, until you realize it was a long time since you saw any blazes, i.e. you missed a turn blaze.

I have got a little bit lost on the Saratoga trails and John Goldie trails but have now put some blazes to ensure I don’t get lost again. I have only once got properly lost.  It was when I was about 10 and I wandered into a forest and I ended up at the police station. They would not take me back to the parking lot at Farley Mount where I knew our car was parked. So I ate strawberries etc, until finally my parents came for me at the police station.

On Friday Sept 4th I completed N3 by getting 3 wasp stings, while walking the road allowance to the railway trestle.(This was not intentional!)

On Sunday Sept 6th I hiked the Bannockburn trail so achieved C4 “cross water’, the water being the Bannockburn river. For M6,I6 N6 my three Camino goals are to hike the entire Maitland Trail in 2 days after I turn 78 on Sept 18th and do it at a speed of at least 4km/hour, and complete at least 30 of the 36 bingo squares. One of our local hikers Janet Stryker, who is still going strong, did the two day Camino shortly after reaching the age of 78, so this has inspired me to try to emulate her achievement.

For I5 “Wake up before sunrise”, I am waiting until late September when I can achieve this by waking up at the reasonable time of 7:10 which occurs on Sept 19th, or perhaps wait until Sept 26th when at 7:18 I can wake up one minute before sunrise.

On Tuesday Sept 8th I did a Tuesday Tromp with Chewy – no one else braved the steady light rain.  I noticed probably every spicebush had dead leaves at the top probably due to the dry conditions, none of them had any berries, though I saw one bush in the Falls Reserve with berries. Some of the broad-leaved arrowheads were in bloom in the fish pond.


On Wednesday ten hikers covered the 8.6km trails in just under 2hours, there were three turtlehead flowers by the side of the trail.

Over a week ago the Huron Stewardship group released snapping turtle hatchlings at the pond close to the GART. They incubated them with government permission. Thanks to the people who alerted the group to the nest site. The photo shows the hatchlings just before their release. We hope they do well, they were very quick to disappear from sight.  I have noticed that frogs and toads are also good at this- they often disappear before I can take a photo. This leopard frog was well hidden from view.

Leopard frog hiding


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.

Turkey Hunting season is Oct 1-31st  for bow hunting, Oct 13-25th for gun hunting, when the Bayfield Woodland trail will be closed.


Saturday October 18th at 9 a.m. Hike the Hullett Sugar Bush trails.  Meet at 80602 Wildlife Line for a hiek of about 1 ½  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.

Saturday  Oct 25th at 2 p.m.  Join the Bayfield Trail Association for a hike at Naftel’s

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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