Trail Talk 220 June 1st 2022

The bench in last week’s trail talk was the bench in memory of Patrick King in the Maitland Woods. His daughter Sephanie wrote this memory of him, “After his retirement and probably more so in his 70’s dad would walk each day though the woods, sometimes twice a day (he did this well into his mid 80’s before his health started to fail) .   I would always see dads car parked outside the entrance. Even on the worst winter’s day dad would be all bundled up and make his trek.He loved the woods in all the seasons but especially the winter after a heavy snowfall and on a cold, crisp day with the only sound heard throughout the quiet woods would be the crunch of the snow under his feet. I would find myself feeling a bit concerned seeing his car there on my break and still at my lunch hour, hoping he hadn’t slipped on ice or fallen over a root but  he would always wander out about an hour and a half later.

The King Family sitting on the bench dedicated to Patrick King

When his grandchildren were young he and my mother often took them to the woods for walks and talks about trees and the various plants, birds and animals they would encounter. Dad often stated that when he passed on he would like a bench in his name so others could sit awhile for a rest. Wendy Hoernig commented, “Patrick King was a well loved and respected police chief – not always the kind of reputation that police enjoy!!

A Lady’s slipper orchid

On Sunday May 22nd I hiked the Maitland trail downstream from River Line. As     I have often had to do I had to go searching for the Inukshuk’s limestone blocks which vandals had thrown down the hill at Horse’s Folly hill.  My search was very rewarding as not only did I find four of them, but also I saw many yellow lady’s slipper orchids which I had not realized were there.

On Friday May 20th I hiked on the Hullett Sugar Bush trail and was glad to finally see some dragonflies. They were mostly Chalk-fronted corporals and Northern bluet damselfies. The juvenile Chalk-fronted corporals are light reddish brown and the females are dark brown, while the males are white and black, and hence their name.

Another insect sighting was when I voted at the advance poll and saw a bean leaf beetle on a rock outside the Clinton arena.

A bean leaf beetle

On our hike on the Maitland Trail between River Line and Sharpes Creek Line on Wednesday May25th many yellow lady’s slipper orchids were seen especially on Horse’s Folly hill and Lady’s slipper hill both of which had about 18 orchids visible.  There was also a vast expanse of pink wild geraniums.


Wednesday June 15th 2 p.m.  BRVTA hike with dogs on leash on the Bayfield Woodlands trail. Meet at the David Street entrance.

Sunday June 19th 1 p.m. Hike the Maitland trail and Robertson Tract trails. Expect to take about 1 ½ hours. Leader Patrick Capper

Saturday June 25th 11 a.m. on the Sawmill trail for 90 minutes.  Todd Torresan of the Talking Circle group Perth-Huron will be the guide and guest. This is a BRVTA members-only hike with pre-registration required by contacting Ralph Blasting at or 519-525-3205.

Friday July 1st 6 a.m. Canada Day stroll.  Meet at St. Christopher’s Beach pavilion across from Beach St Station, walk to the Tiger Dunlop tomb and return for breakfast.  Register with Faye 519-524-2070or Wendy  519-525-6976. This event will be cancelled if it rains.

Tuesday Trompers meet at 9 a.m. on Tuesday to hike for about an hour  If you wish to be on this email list, send an email to All hikers must sign the waiver, preferably the Online waiver at www.maitland

Uneven Hikers hike for 1 ½ to 2 hours on Wednesdays or Thursdays, contact Patrick Capper. Both groups meet at 9 a.m.  and are open to non-members provided they sign the MTA on-line waiver.

If you have questions or something of interest for Trail Talk email me Patrick Capper at