September 28, 2016

It was an impromptu hike lead by Margaret and Bryan Parlor.  Impromptu because the usual hike leaders were not at Bate Island this morning.  Margaret and Bryan bravely stepped in and lead a very nice hike.  The temperature was pleasant, sun shined once the morning mists burned off and the mosquitoes were not a major problem.  Our route was  Lac Phillipe (the parking lot closest to Taylor Lake) – Escape – Escape Pond – Mohan’s Trail – Dry/Wet Pond – Haley’s Hump – Twinger – Whale Back Pond – Fibula – Renaud Cabin.  The total was only 11 Km and we beat Roger’s snow-shoe-trail-to-Typhoon back to the parking lot.  Peter’s car stopped in Wakefield for some fresh bread.

The Dry/Wet Pond is more or less dry. Excellent lunch stop.

The Dry/Wet Pond is more or less dry. Excellent lunch stop.

 Twinger Dam.  There is some hint of colour but the leaves are still mainly green.

Twinger Dam. There is some hint of colour but the leaves are still mainly green.

Tea at Renaud Pond

Tea at Renaud Pond

New Renaud Cabin

New Renaud Cabin

September 24, 2016

p1000948Can I say that there is a god after all?  The oppressive heat of the summer has finally comes to an end.   Dorothy and I explored the Morgan Trail today.  It was something that we poked in on skis a couple years ago.  We turned around as we thought that we were heading for someone’s back yard.  Our route today was P12 – 40 – Morgan Trail – Alexander Trail – 12 – 9 – Hidden Valley – 18 – 21 – 2 – 40 – P12.  Part of Hidden Valley, is, not so hidden.  There is nice yellow paint marks and as wide as a highway.  The good news is that the trail head from #18 is still very much hidden.

The Morgan Trail will be a very nice ski route and should form a nice circuit when combined with Hidden Valley.  It even come furnished with chairs to rest.  However, Dorothy refuse to test them.

The fungi are out after the rain.  They are wonderful in colour and form.  I have never seen those pink ones before.  The mosquitoes, unfortunately, are also out and bitting.

 

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PS.  For all those trail maintenance enthusiasts, there is a major obstacle on the Alexander.  I managed to crawl under the fallen tree but I don’t think that it will be possible on skis.  There is a detour in place already as this gully was a mess when we cleared it last year.  So, if anyone every go by with a chainsaw, feel free.