Trail Talk 156 February 3rd 2021

View of Bayfield river from the Clinton Conservation are trail

Last week’s photo was on the Clinton Conservation area trail of a disc golf target. According to Wikipedia,” Disc golf is a flying disc sport in which players throw a disc at a target; it is played using rules similar to golf. It is usually played on a course with 9 or 18 holes. Players complete a hole by throwing a disc from a tee pad or area toward a target, throwing again from where the previous throw landed, until the target is reached. Usually, the number of throws a player uses to reach each target is tallied (often in relation to par), and players seek to complete each hole in the lowest number of total throws. The game is played in about 40 countries and, as of 2019, there are 53,366 active members of the PDGA worldwide.  75% of courses are in the USA, 277 (3%) in Canada. The game had some history in 1900 but became more popular in the 1960s.  One enthusiastic Lion’s Club member initiated the Disc Golf in the Conservation area. The only other place I have noticed a course is in Guelph when I bicycled the G2G.

The Clinton Conservation Area has a short loop on the West side of the Bayfield river and a longer half hour loop on the East side, however access to this loop is quite often a problem due to high river levels flooding over the causeway, or when the culverts are blocked by debris often from beavers efforts.  In winter the large parking lot may be inaccessible due to high snow levels.  On the trail I have occasionally seen deer, a raccoon, a fox, squirrels, beaver, frogs and fish.  Although there is evidence of ground hogs I have yet to catch sight of one.

What trail is this on?

This week there is a picture of part of a tire on a tree. On what trail can you see this?

Thinking of tires, how about a Fat wheeled bike?  There is a great opportunity to try one out anytime up to March 31st. Goderich Bike Shop has a great fundraiser for the G2G trail. Phone the shop 519-955-5100 or to reserve your bike. Make a donation to G2G trail in lieu of a rental fee. Pick up your Fat Bike at Blyth Studio Suites (250 m from the G2G), and enjoy your ride.  I have not yet tried a fat wheeled bike but was planning to rent one before the G2G red crew made such a great improvement to the trail surface that a fat wheeled bike was no longer necessary except when there is snow on the trail!

Snowdrift hill on Jan 23rd

What a difference a day can make.  On Friday afternoon Jan 22nd, we had a hike on the Maitland Trail at the Auburn end and there was no need for snowshoes, and only two very short places had a snow drift of 8 inches or so.  On Saturday afternoon after most of the snow had ended I snowshoed on the Maitland Trail East of Sharpes Creek Line.  The trail typically had a foot of light snow on it, until I reached snowdrift hill. As expected there was a seven to eight foot drift there, what I did not expect was to suddenly drop about three feet as the drift gave way underneath me.  I was carrying a spade, so spent about half an hour shoveling and cutting large steps up the drift so I could return to the field.

The Coldest night of the year walk is on Feb20th and is a fund raiser for support those who are homeless s, precariously housed, etc. in Huron County.  Details will be in your local paper or go to the Website . You can walk as an individual or as part of a virtual team. The idea is to walk 2 km or 5 km and donate to the charity. I notice that two regular Tuesday Trompers are taking part. Shelley Worsell as part of the Auburn Team and Janie Van Essen as part of the Green Goderich team.

Notes:  Hikers are expected to be socially distant from others.

All scheduled hikes are cancelled during the lockdown, however the trails are all open and it is always good to get out and enjoy nature.

The Woodlands Nature trail is still probably closed past the bridge due to uncleared storm damage.

The Lobb trail may be closed for logging, timing uncertain.

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