Trail Talk 88 October 16th 2019

On Friday October 4th Chewy celebrated his 13th birthday on what I believe is his favourite trail – Lobbs.  The advantages of this trail for him are

–          Many places to stop and have a drink in several creeks and easy access points to the Maitland river.

Chewy in the Maitland river on his birthday

–          The trail is wide and so, with his poor eyesight, he is least likely to go off the trail by mistake.

–          There are no nasty plants with burrs and seeds that stick to his coat on the trail

–          Dogs are allowed to be off leash.

–          There are no steps to go down (Chewy has no trouble going up steps but, due to his poor eyesight, I usually carry him down steps)

–          He may meet Bill, Susan and/or Ken who he has mostly got trained to give him a treats (he was very disappointed to meet Bill on Monday morning and to find that Bill did not have any treats with him so I had to give Chewy, Duke and Charlie a treat. )

–          The only drawback to the Lobb trail is that it will be closed for the two weeks of gun hunting ( Nov 4-10 and Dec2-8) and when there is logging.

On Tuesday  the Trompers had to clamber over a recent windfall on the Mavis trail. The photo shows Jan Jamula leading the Trompers at the windfall.  You can never tell when you will come across one

which can occur at almost any time.

On the Bayfield river road after the hike on the Mavis and Taylor trail I had to brake to avoid hitting a turkey crossing the road.

In the evening at the railway trestle there were over 600 little flies? They were flying up the Bayfield river about 1 to 4 feet above the water – well separated from each other and nearly all heading upstream, it was not one consolidated swarm as much as a steady pr

My hiking boots coming apart


Have you ever had a flapper, where the sole of your boot separates from the upper?  I had this happen on three pairs of hiking boots, (Outbound and Hi Tech) but not on my Keens.  I have also never had a pair of breathable boots that stayed waterproof.

Therefore I keep a spare pair of socks in the car and a small roll of duct tape in my pack in case my boots start falling apart.


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

Oct 1-31 The Bayfield Woodland trail will be closed due to turkey hunting season.

Oct 15th -27th Wild turkey shotgun season

Oct 1-31 Wild Turkey bow hunting

November 4th to 10th the Maitland Trail, Bayfield Woodland Trail  and Lobb trails will be closed for deer gun hunting


Sunday October 20th  1 p.m. This hike has been relocated to the Millennium trail. Call Carolyn Brown at 519-524-5181 for details.

Saturday Oct 26th 9 a.m. Hike the GART and Menesetung trail level 1 and 2. Time of  1 ½ hours includes stop for snack and water break. Meet at the N Harbour rd rock Contact Doug Ellacott 519-277-1768

Saturday Oct 26th  “The Bad Thing” is happening so there will be runners on the Maitland Trail that day.
November 2nd  6 pm and 7:30 pm Owl prowl at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Office Workshop 71108 Morrison Line, RR 3 Exeter. Full details at

Two 90 minute sessions at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. with a short talk on owls, followed by the night looking and listening for owls. Each begins with a short talk on owls by conservation educators from Ausable Bayfield Conservation. One group stays in the workshop to meet live owls with Conservation Halton staff, or dissect a pellet, or have their picture taken with Otis the Owl (a human-sized costumed owl). The second group ventures on a night hike, with conservation educators, to call in and look for owls that live in the conservation area near Exeter. After 30 minutes, the groups switch.


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 Thursday Oct 17th  Wednesday Oct 23rd .   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

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