BBQ Highlights

It was a great turnout for our annual BBQ, with 35 members attending.

For several years, the Waskahegan Trail Association has been celebrating
its enthusiasm and successes with the fall barbecue. This year, we met at
Cardiff Park in Sturgeon County. The weather was cool, like most
mid-September mornings, and very sunny.

Traditionally we begin the event with a guided hike so that we can work
up an appetite for lunch—and besides, walking is what we love to do.
This time we had a clever scavenger-style hunt. We broke into
small groups and set out on a search around the park in order to answer
a list of questions about its features. Creativity and observation
skills counted heavily.

We straggled back, somewhat famished, and were treated to a crackling
fire in the firepit. We enjoyed a barbecue lunch, thanks to John and
Terry at the grill, followed by dessert of carrot cake and fresh pineapple.

So it turned out none of us were able to answer all the questions of the
hunt. That was pretty humbling, but our responses were creative. Most importantly, we got to discover the park ourselves and socialize at the same time.

The barbecue is the highlight of the Waskahegan season (aside from the
AGM) and it’s one of the benefits of membership. Many of our newest
members were in attendance. Our longtime member, Stan Skirrow, wasn’t
able to attend but he sent his best wishes. In fact, we want to thank
Stan publicly for his generous donation to the barbecue expenses.

Thank You Stan!



You can see more pictures here

2016-09-25 Other: BBQ & Hike Cardiff Park

Battle River Trail Clearing

Yesterday was a gorgeous sunny day perfect for working on the trail and showing off the beauty of the valley with it’s fall colors.  You will have to forgive me for my blue green tinged pictures of late….did you know when you buy a new cell phone it has a cellophane cover on the screen AND the camera eye???? 009

We cleared from A60 to Schnee hill. One group  cleared one way from A60. The second group drove down the county line road to 1km from Schnee and clear there and back, looking for a wonky boardwalk to replace, and found the one there still not too bad. We then cleared towards the other group. 010

Afterwards we dropped our boardwalk wood in the bush in the middle of the section where there are two walkways needing resurrection and that we will do another time. We had brought wood for a new stile but did not find it although there is a stile needing a new post. There was a short crossing of a crop where we carried the mowers; hopefully the crop is cut by hike time. 008

One mower refused to propel forwards and was abandoned at the beginning. The Ariens mower handle broke wrestling it with a tree root.  A fence attacked Mike’s jeans and ate a chunk! All in a day’s work!006

The trail is in good shape and we have more access roads than I thought which is great for maintenance!