Sea­son’s last ‘easy’ hike: meet at Devil’s Mon­u­ment

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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.

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