Thursday, April 26, 2018

Panel Mine Road 2018-04-26

April 26 was a gorgeous spring day.  Four of us took that opportunity to be outside. 
We hiked along Panel Mine Rd from the Serpent River culvert to Panel Mine gate .  
We noticed the changes in the amount of snow even from  2 or 3 days past.  There were  still people on 
Quirke Lake  in lawn chairs  busily ice fishing.  Some folks just can't let go of winter!!!
We stopped at several interesting rock formations along the road .  Some even had little ice falls and water dripping off them from the 
high ground on the north side of the road.
A sharp eyed hiker spied a patch of white and purple crocuses along the way.  
On Panel  mine site  we saw  a grouse which refused to stay still for a photo op.  We also saw a fox running across the ice.  Also too fast for the official hike photographer. It looked like it was heading in the general direction of the people  ice fishing.   Maybe checking for leftovers  from a successful fishing expedition??
We enjoyed our lunch overlooking Quirke Lake with Rooster Rock in the background.

There were only four of us but we hiked like the Dirty Dozen... fast but not furious!

PHOTOS courtesy Emily

***** Highway Cleanup *****

Highway clean-up will be on Wednesday, May 2.   Meet at Sear parking lot at 10 AM Please bring work gloves and dress appropriately for the weather.  We will divide into groups to clean the east and west sides of Hwy 108 from the Airport to the Depot Lake parking lot.  Necessary equipment such as safety vests and garbage bags will be supplied.  We should be done by 1 PM at the latest.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Stanleigh Mine Road & Quarry, 2018-04-24

Commentary and photos by Astrid
Nickie and Gerry were the hike leaders today as we trooped along Stanleigh Mine Road to the Quarry and back, an 8 kms round trip.  Spring has sprung and we may have had too much of a bounce in our steps as two of the group took tumbles that resulted in injuries to both body and pride!  We spotted a variety of winged things, bear tracks and some friendly dogs.  PHOTOS

Panel Mine Road, 2018-04-23

Commentary and photos by Connie
June led a great road hike down Panel Mine Road. We couldn't have asked for nicer weather.  The geese found some open water, and we saw huge dog tracks.  PHOTOS

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

***** It's Trail Clearing Time!! *****

We have scheduled trail clearing in Mississagi Park on Monday, May 7.  We will be working on the Semiwite Creek Trail.  Please meet in the parking lot at 9:30 am.  Dress appropriately and bring work gloves (if desired), water and a snack.  If you have any questions, please call Marty at 705-261-3879.  

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Red Trail 2018-04-17

Tuesday was mild and there were ominous clouds.  
It was decided that we do a short hike as rain showers were predicted for the pm. 
We hiked the Red Trail at Sheriff Creek without snowshoes. It was a slog but we prevailed.
We had 7 in our group as we trudged through the fresh snowfall. We met other people along the trail who were walking their dogs. 
We also met an interesting little woodland creature.  We could not help but stop for pictures.

PHOTOS courtesy Emily

Monday, April 16, 2018

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

This month's Hiker Chicks dinner will be held on Thursday, April 26, 5 pm, at George's Restaurant.  Please call or text Astrid at 849-3879 if you would like to attend.  Bon appetit!

Saturday Hike 2018-04-14

PHOTOS courtesy Desiree

Intermediate Hike 2018-04-12

Old man winter couldn’t dampen the good time we had and oh yeah the hike was great too. Just an announcement 
that Georges” restaurant is having a fundraiser prime rib buffet for the little “bean” Elijah Hennesey on Sunday April 22nd from 4 to 8 PM . For all orders there will be a 5$ contribution to this cause from the restaurant. Sounds like fun hope to see you there.

PHOTOS courtesy Gayle

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Snowshoe Trail, 2018-04-07

We set out on a beautiful blue sky sunny day with at least a foot of fresh powder .
Jackie led us along the Snowshoe Trail.  We shared the task of breaking trail. Some tracks were visible in the snow: squirrel, fox and perhaps bear.  

We decided that the bear had heard us and cleared  out before we sat down on the usual lunch spot on the embankment overlooking the "cranberry pond".

Orville and Jim kept us on trail with the GPS. 
A good day for a hike.
Thanks a lot , Jackie.  PHOTOS courtesy Emily