Season’s last ‘easy’ hike: meet at Devil’s Monument
hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving gatherings and meals together. I remember a few American neighbours in Prince George, once living in Canada decided to celebrate Thanksgiving along with us. They liked it for the time apart from Christmas as it was truly a separate event. Our southern neighbours have their Thanksgiving near the end of November due to the fact their harvest season is that much later. Whatever your faith or culture it is always good to express thankfulness as in Thanksgiving and share the love and worldly peace as in Christmas.
I know we just had cooked turkey on the table, but the wild turkeys are all over the back roads near fields. The goldenrods and asters also are a sign that autumn is here. Ladies Tresses are the white small orchids found along the roadside that you cannot see from a moving car.
The real meaning of autumn is that we just passed the mark of equal daylight to night. Our days are now shorter just by minutes but soon it will be noticeably different. I think coming off of daylight savings makes it even worse. It does make it lighter for the morning but when you want to come home before any storms, now you have to do it in the dark as well.
Bow hunting has been on since the beginning of the month. This does not mean shopping for bows, but hunting deer in our back woods with bows. This is another time to enjoy the outdoors by sitting still and observing the animal traffic that may pass your way. You have to know the trails the deer take and what time of day to see them. Generally the hunt is for the bucks unless a doe tag has been acquired. Archery practice is at the Bruce Peninsula Sportsmen’s Association yard every Tuesday. Youth is at 6 -7 p.m. and adults at 7-9 p.m. Location is off of Old Oliphant Road and Northacres Road off County Road 13 in Wiarton. Contact Donna and Paul Maginnis at deerviewranch@amtelecom. net.
I am not a gardener as my flowers tend to be perennials that reseed themselves all over the place. Plus I just enhance the wild flowers already growing all over the yard. But I do trim and prepare for winter so that it is easier in the spring to start the cycle all over again.
We can’t give bees a bad name. Bees are great pollinators and will only sting if their life is in danger. Wasps will do planned attacks and sting many times. This makes them more dangerous because wasps will group attack and follow you with hopes of stinging you more. Wasps are far nastier than bees.
The last of the easy hikes is not so easy but a strenuous 8 km at Devil’s Monument on Oct. 17, starting at 11 a.m. Just be prepared and you will have a wonderful hike enjoying the views and rock formations. Good footwear and lots of water and snacks will help to get through this challenge. The Britain Lake area is a place you can keep coming back to to do various loops, side trails and Bruce Trail combinations. This hike you will be having lunch overlooking Georgian Bay. So remember to bring one. Meet at Devil’s Monument and Minhinnick Sidetrail. From Highway 6 turn east on Lindsay Road 5, north on East Road, west on Cape Chin North Road and follow it to Borchardt Road at the top of the escarpment. Park at the end of Borchardt Road.