On Saturday August 21st four of us hiked the Maitland Trail from where the CPR station was located (before it was moved to the new location closer to the shore) to the corner of Salford and Black Hole Road where Jenkins is located. It was a pleasant two hour hike, the first of five end to end hikes of the Maitland Trail. You can also hike the whole Maitland Trail in just two days by hiking on the Maitland Camino event on September 24th and 25th.
My Achilles tendon has been bothering me so I have been giving it a rest and missed the Tromper’s hike at the Nirvana Farm near Lucknow where the hikers enjoyed snacks afterwards. However I did manage to join the Tromper’s Hike at Naftel’s Creek on September 6th with 23 other hikers- the largest turnout for several years. Most of us enjoyed MaryLyn and Karl Krauter’s hospitality afterwards.
On August 29th 34 monarch butterflies were seen near Lake Huron, I still see one occasionally and also the look alike Viceroy butterfly.
While sitting at a table near Lake Huron an American Walking stick landed on the table. I knew about them but this was the first time I had seen one. They eat the leaves of trees and so are usually in the tree canopy. They prefer American hazels and black cherry trees but are also found on white and black oaks and black locusts. They are wingless and have the ability to change colour from green to brown and can grow new legs to replace lost ones.
I also saw an American dagger moth caterpillar, these are mostly white with a few black spikes which may irritate your skin if picked up. Another interesting caterpillar is the tobacco hornworn which becomes a Carolina sphinx moth. This was on an ornamental tobacco plant and it is similar to the tomato hornworn (Five spotted hawk moth larva)
The Maitland Valley Conservation Authority are about to (or have already started on) replacement of the long boardwalk on the Naftel’s Creek trail. As of September 6th the work on the boardwalk had not been started. A completion ceremony is planned for Saturday October 15th. Details are in the Maitland Trail Newsletter.
Saturday Sept 10th at 10 a.m. The first of two Welcome Hikes designed for those new to Canada but all are welcome. Hike the Maitland Woods Goderich and get to know this beautiful and convenient location better by experiencing a walk along its trail with a knowledgeable guide. Meet in the southwest corner of the Knights of Columbus Hall parking lot. For more information and to confirm your attendance, please call or text Hugh McGregor at 519 955-6318. This is a Level 1 hike, leisurely pace, 2 hours.
Saturday September 10th 7.30 p.m. A BRVRA moonlit hike on the Sawmill trail
Wednesday September 14th 1p.m. The Sifto Loop. The Second Welcome Hike, This is another gem of a hiking trail in your own neighbourhood. The hike will start by walking over the Menesetung Bridge with its interesting vista and around the Sifto Loop with its lake view at the west end and frequent outlook points over the Maitland River. Meet at the large rock at the entrance to the Menesetung Bridge on the right- hand side of North Harbour Road. To confirm your attendance, please contact Roger Goddard at 519 612-1236 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a Level 1 hike, leisurely pace, 1 ½ – 2 hours.
Saturday September 24th and Sunday Sept 25th Hike the El Camino del Sinuoso Rio Maitland . 51.6km Auburn to Goderich or a shorter distance. Cost $30 adults, $10 Youth, includes maps, shuttles , checkpoints and more. Register at www.matitlandtrail.ca/mta-el-camino.
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 email@example.com All hikers must sign the waiver, preferably the Online waiver at www.maitland trail.ca
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.