Trail Talk 85 Sept 25 2019

First puffball (seen on Sept 12th)

The featured photo is of hikers at the Cherrydale bridge on Sept 14th

Last week just having written about not seeing any puff balls I saw one which was about 7 inch across, on checking two days later it had not grown and was dying. I still have not seen any other puffballs, which last year were plentiful by this time of year.

In the Maitland woods I met a hiker who had seen a young coyote crossing over the trail. My only sights there were a Midland painted turtle slipping off a log into the pond and a great mushroom collection which I think is Turkey tails. Next day I found an unusual feather on the Maitland trail, which someone suggested might be a male turkey feather, anyone else have an idea? If so let me know.  I always pick up colourful feathers ever since a hiker wanted feathers for her feather based art.

We had eleven hikers out on Saturday and enjoyed the dry and not too hot weather and found the trail in good shape.  I thought as Chewy will be 13

Turkey tail mushroom
A feather possibly from a young turkey

on October 4th he might have had trouble with the 4 ½ hour hike, but he showed no signs of tiring and was happy to go out again after supper.

On my Monday evening walk at the Woodlands Nature trail I saw a rabbit and found eleven golf balls ,even though I had found four two weeks earlier.

The annual El Camino del Sinuoso Rio Maitland – a 49 km two day event is this coming weekend i.e. September 28-29th.   Therefore there will be a large numbers of hikers out on the Maitland trail – between Auburn and Benmiller on Saturday and between Benmiller and Goderich on Sunday.


Saturday and Sunday September 28th and 29th El Camino del Sinuoso Rio Maitland


Oct 1 –Dec 31 the Maitland Trail section from 9.4 to 10.5 km will be closed.

Saturday October 5th 10 a.m. Maitland Trail hike in Robertson Tract .  Contact Colleen McGregor  at 519-524-8543 or for meeting place etc.

Saturday Oct 5th – All cyclist welcome to bike into Blyth, arrive between 11am and 3pm

This is a G2G Rutabaga ride to Blyth encouraging riders to ride on the G2G to Blyth, or just show up at Blyth All registered riders must stop by the G2G “Check-In Tent” at the Rutabaga Festival so you can get your gift bag, lunch and beverage vouchers for Cowbell Brewing Co.

Sunday Oct 6th 2 p.m. Bayfield River Trail Association hike on the Bannockburn trail

Saturday October 12th  1 pm G2G 3 hours moderately fast pace

Hike the G2G Rail Trail between Walton and Blyth. Meet at the Blyth Greenway trail start and we will car pool to Walton and hike back 12.3 km to Blyth on a flat level trail.

Leader Patrick Capper 519-606-0016

Sunday October 20th  1 p.m. Morris Tract to Benmiller slow/moderate pace 2 hours
Oct 15th -27th Wild turkey shotgun season

Oct 1-31 Wild Turkey bow hunting


The Tuesday Trompers walk for about an hour at a moderate to slow pace starting at  9 a.m. Contact Al Sanders at

The Uneven Hikers meet on Wednesday or Thursday hikes start at 9 a.m. for 1 ½ to 2 hours at a moderately fast pace. We hike only on the odd dates. e.g Wednesday Sept 25, Thursday Oct 3rd   Contact

The Friday L.I.F.E. hikers usually meet at 8:10 at the Betty Cardno Centre in Clinton  and hike for 1 ½ hours to 2 hours, one group at a moderate the other group at a moderately fast pace. Contact

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