Walking is good for the mind, body, and soul–Wanisan Lake Hike and Campfire

Sixteen hikers met on Saturday, July 8th for a hike around Wanisan Lake, followed by an old time cookout over an open fire.
Wanisan Lake Stopover campfire

We trekked through the forested trail and open fields across the well cleared boardwalks and into the Blackfoot Recreational area. There we made a slight detour in order to avoid a swim across the slough waters.

Following the Flat Tail Trail, we soon found our way to Meadow Shelter for hydration and a welcomed rest, as temperatures climbed to 27 C that day.  It was a hot one!

Our walk continued on the Meadow Trail almost to Waskahegan Trail at which point we turned around and made our back to the Waskahegan Stopover to enjoy supper and fellowship.

Wanisan Lake Stopover - campfire

Let’s not forget that the mosquitoes found their way along the trails too. However, not all survived the return trip thanks to the slapping hands of agile hikers.

Thanks to our firemaster, Jerry, who brought along an 11 gallon (26 lbs) jug of water to ensure our fire was well doused. Carrying the water to our stop over was willingly handled by Oscar and his strong armed helpers!

It was a great pleasure to have WTA members and guests from Waskahegan Trail Meet Up join in on this hike and cook out!  The s’mores were a big hit and everyone agreed that we should do this again!

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Wanisan Lake Stopover

 

North Hastings Lake and Allen Nature Trail Hike

Beautiful blue sky, warm summer breezes and mosquitoes welcomed us at the trail head.

Blue skies of North Hastings Lake

Twelve hikers set out on the Canada Day weekend hike to North Hastings Lake and the Allen Nature Trail. We hiked through trees, over fields and detoured around sloughs.

After hiking the Allen Nature Trail, we stopped at the historic St. Margarets Church for lunch.

Bird's nest with four tiny blue eggsA short walk to North Hastings Lake to watch pelicans, ducks, and American Avocets. On the return we stopped to view a small nest with 4 tiny blue egg that the maintenance team had flagged for us. Bluebird?…Goldfinch?

Jerry showed us many different flowers including poisonous water hemlock, smooth aster and long leaved chickweed.

 

 

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Hikers at St. Margaret's Church