Day 4 of End-to-end

Bridge to nowhere.
Bridge to nowhere.

The weather was great. A wonderful fall day. Unfortunately the rainy summer and great downpour days played havoc on the trail. Two bridges were uprooted. One by trees falling on it and another relocated on land. We managed to get to the fish hatchery and decided to finish the hike on Wednesday at 9 am meeting at parking lot east of Mackies for the final 4 km. Roseann and Linda are getting anxious for their badges.
Special thanks go out to Robert Johnston and Dan Wilson volunteers at Lake Erie Salmon and Trout Club for reinstalling parts of the boardwalk that got washed out by the downpour in September. I spotted two spotted salamander on the hike.

Notice the two spots behind eyes are more orange than the other spots.
Notice the two spots behind eyes are more orange than the other spots.

Day 3 of End-to-end

Everyone is smiling even though it is raining.
Everyone is smiling even though it is raining.

Well it had to happen, the weather was less than cooperative today. Not torrential downpour but a steady mist. The trail was quite muddy and slippery still 8 hardy hikers ventured out. They were rewarded with seeing wild turkeys and many deer including a buck. We all made it out safely after cutting the trip short due to more rain clouds showing to the west. We will make up the other 3 km on Wednesday morning meeting at Fulton Line at 9:15.

Hike leader certification in London

Hike leader certification Nov 15th in London
Hike leader certification Nov 15th in London

Thames Valley Trail Association in conjunction with Hike Ontario will be leading a hike leader certification program on Saturday, November 15th at Kings College.
The course will be from 9 am to 4:30 pm. One also needs first aid and CPR certification to be a certified Hike Ontario Leader. To register go to Hike Ontario website and look under Services then Certification then Certified Hike Leader. There you will find a course outline and shortly this course should show up to register. They need a minimum of 6 registrants to run the program. Course cost is $50.

Day 2 of End-to-end

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Great spot for lunch at horse farm.
Sunflower field.
Sunflower field.

The horses could smell everyones apples and came over for a chomp and visit.
The sunflower field off Lyle road was a nice addition. Several hikers got
to see deer in several locations. Great colours but not a lot of flaming reds.
We had another great day for weather, started off cold but warmed up nicely.
There were slippery spots but all in all a fine fall hike. Thanks to Mark for
looking after the sweep.

Day 1 of End-to-end

Group for end-to-end part 1
Group for end-to-end part 1

Fall scenery
Fall scenery

The weather was not promising when we went to bed last night.
In the morning the radar showed the rain north and south of St Thomas.
The temperature had dropped quite a bit over night and everyone was dressed accordingly.
Mr Sun was elusive and yesterdays rains made the first half of the hike a bit muddy.
We had ten people out including guests Mary and John from Meaford. Everyone enjoyed the
wonderful fall colours and we look forward to next Saturday’s part 2.
Thanks to Jim for leading the hike.