Sunday, May 28, 2017

Route 66, May 20th, 2017

commentary and photos by Donna
Donna led 15 hikers in search of the Route 66 rock which is across the birch lined upper dam behind Nordic Minesite where a road connects to meet the Trans Canada Trail. Some of us call this trail Route 66 because many years ago that's what was printed on a rock along this route. We saw a few erratics at the end of the birch lined trail. One was of such an enormous size that Phil and Bill couldn't even fit in the picture I took of it.
Of course we had the blackflies and mosquitoes hitchhiking with us during the hike.  Emily and Joan wanted to hitchhike even further.  One lonely orchid was discovered along the way.  We wondered what animal rubbed its antlers on this tree.  Suggestions?  PHOTOS

Friday, May 26, 2017

*****Saturday, May 27th hike*****

Because of the parade tomorrow, Donna would like all hikers to meet at the ski hill instead of the Sears' parking lot.  Meeting time is at 10:00 am as usual.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Algoma Mills, May 22nd, 2017

commentary and photos by Connie
Jean-Guy, Rae, & Connie braved the drizzle today and hiked hwy 538 in Algoma Mills. We saw some ducks, turkey vultures and a wood pecker. We stopped off at the cemetery and at the yacht club.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Split Rock, May 20th, 2017

commentary and photos by John
18 hikers lead by Marty headed down Stanrock Rd this morning to Split Rock with an add on to Rooster Rock. It was a beautiful sunny spring day with the black flies out, however, they did not deter our enjoyment of the day. We got a little confused as to which direction the trail really was but with a little teamwork, we managed to find our way.😄.  Thanks Marty for a beautiful May hike.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Safe Hiker & Hike Leader courses update

The Safe Hiker and Hike Leader courses will be offered Saturday and Sunday May 27th and 28th.
They will be held at the Coureurs de Bois clubhouse and will begin at 9:00 am on both days.
Coffee and lunch will be provided.  Anyone still wishing to enroll has until Thursday the 25th to do so by calling Gerry at 705-461-6304. There is no cost for club members. 

May 18th hike

photos by Laura

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sleepy Hollow, May 15, 2017

Commentary and photos by Donna
Norah led her first hike today, she led us from upper gate to lower tailings area and return.  Chuck gave us a presentation based on pics of rocks attached on how these were formed.  Lunch was on our usual leisure hike log, with Norah setting a "new precedent" for all hike leaders by treating us with yummy homemade desserts which we all know Norah loves.  Some sandpipers and geese got our attention.  Donna thought she lost her good sunglasses til Norah noticed Donna was already wearing them......must have been those brownies Norah!!  PHOTOS

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Quirke Tailings, May 13, 2017

Commentary by Ron, photos by Astrid
Just another day in paradise as nineteen of us hiked just under 8kms at the Quirke Tailings site. As we hiked the wooded section south of the tailing ponds we were greeted by six Sand Hill cranes, a group of five & one loner; AWESOME! It is official, the black flies are out in numbers; fortunate for us they were more of a nuisance as they were not biting; this however changed the location of our lunch break; instead of sitting on the shore of Evans lake we went atop of the dam overlooking the lake to get away from the flies. After our lunch break we continued across the dam to the tailings roadway on the north side of the ponds to return to our vehicles.  Again we are fortunate to have this in our backyard. PHOTOS

Friday, May 12, 2017

***** Hiker Chicks Dinner *****

Sirje is hosting this month's Hiker Chicks dinner.  It will be held on May 19 at 5:30 pm, at The 17 Restaurant (corner of Hwy 17 and Woodward Ave, Blind River).  Please call Sirje at 227-1186 before May 18 if you would like to attend.

***** Highway Cleanup Update *****

Many thanks to the following for their assistance in the highway cleanup today; Jim, George, John V, Don, Marty, Norah, Emily, Astrid, Shelley, Rod, Rick, Laura, and Jackie.  Your efforts go a long way in keeping our little corner of paradise that much nicer!