The Goderich Signal-Star - - Opin­ion -

Twodeer­leapin­gacross­the­soy­bean field were eas­ier to spot, as was the rab­bit dart­ing out of the field. There are a lot of dif­fer­ent mush­rooms up, which may last for a short or long time. I have a hard time iden­ti­fy­ing them, but one that caught my eye was the two white ones so close to­gether they looked like one with a dou­ble top.

I had a few days in Toronto and ex­plored a small part of High Park where I saw lots of black and grey squir­rels , lots of golden rod, poi­son ivy, rag­weed, some milk­weed and sev­eral monarch but­ter­flies and I was sur­prised to see two puff­balls. UP­COM­ING HIKES: Sun­day Sept 9 - cy­cle the GART 1.30 p.m. Easy Pace - 2 ½ hrs Start­ing from the big rock on North Har­bour Rd. in Goderich, we will cy­cle to the Mait­land River and back; a to­tal of 27k. Rain or shine, meet Ce­cile at the rock with ap­pro­pri­ate garbs and gears, wa­ter and a snack if needed.

Sun­day Sept 15 - 9 a.m. about 4 ½ hours River Line to Cher­ry­dale road moder­ately fast pace. Get in shape for the Mait­land Camino with a 15-km hike from River Line to Cher­ry­dale Road. Meet at 9 a.m. at Cher­ry­dale Road to car pool to River Line. The hike is from 35.6 km to 20.6 km.

The first sec­tion from River Line has sev­eral good climbs un­til cross­ing the creek at 32.9 km then a flat sec­tion along the river un­til hav­ing turned away from the river there is a steep­climb at 30.9 km.

We will walk for nearly a kilo­me­ter along Sharpes Creek Line be­fore head­ing back into the woods and where there are the oc­ca­sional lesser climbs and fi­nally 104 steps up to Cher­ry­dale Road. Bring wa­ter and a pic­nic lunch. Con­tact: Patrick Cap­per (519)606-0016 or email pcap­ Satur­day Sept 29/Sun­day Sept 30 - 2 day MTA El Camino regis­tra­tion is now open Cost $25 adults $10 if un­der 18 de­tail www.mait­land­ MID WEEK HIKES:

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

The Wed­nes­day hikes start at 9 a.m. for 1 ½ to 2 hours at a moder­ately fast pace. Con­tact pcap­

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 cphillips@onecare­sup­

If you have ques­tions or some­thing of in­ter­est for Trail Talk email me Patrick Cap­per at pcap­per99@

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