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A hike to start off the new year on the right foot!

Date of the hike:    Sunday 06 January 2013

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First Hike of the New Year

Leaders: Barb and Alan Gibb

Level: Easy

Estimated time: 2 h

This hike will take us through a mixed forest of spruce, balsam fir, hemlock, pine, beech, and maple trees – and in this one – a special treat of a living Christmas tree – all decked out in it’s festive finery!.  The advantage of observing trees in winter is the beauty in the patterns in the bark.  If you stop and listen, you will likely hear the chickadees and see &/or hear pileated woodpeckers or wild turkeys.  If you are lucky (and quiet), you will see the maker of the many deer tracks that can be found in the area. Please note that we have received permission from the landowners whose land we will cross, so care must be taken not to disturb the cross country ski tracks.

Alan and Barb Gibb will lead this hike which will take about 2 hours, and, depending on the snow conditions, footwear could be hiking boots, crampons or snowshoes.  Trekking poles would be advantageous.  Dress for the weather, in layers, and bring water.

Rendezvous near the Royal Oak Tennis club, (specifically around 72 Leger, Hudson) by 9am for a 9:10am departure.  Directions Coming from E ( from Bellevue,) turn left off Main (at corner with Three Spruce Antiques )

Directions from W ( Cameron), turn R off Main onto Royal Oak (you will see the sign for the Royal Oak Tennis Club) and follow the street veering left,  around to Leger.    

Members should have their card at each hike. The membership fees may be paid by check or with Paypal.

N.B. Guests are welcome and members are encouraged to invite interested individuals who can participate in our sanctioned activities once for free. Guests must register at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. After one free event, returning guests will be invited to join the Ramblers Association and pay the annual membership fee. Those people who, after using their free pass want to participate but not join will be obliged to pay $10 per outing.

All persons who participate in a Ramblers Club activity acknowledge having read, understood and accepted the Club’s policies and waiver, as posted on the website at www.lesrara.ca, and agree to abide by them.
NOTICE: Ramblers Association hikes are held rain or shine and will only be cancelled in the case of extreme weather conditions, such as an ice storm or thunderstorms. If a hike is cancelled for these reasons an email will be sent to all members and other people on our mailing list one (1) hour before the event is due to start. This cancellation notice will also appear on our website.

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Date of hike: Sunday, January 6, 2013

Name of Trail (if applicable): on mostly private land in Hudson

Leader(s) for the hike and # of hikers: Leaders - Alan and Barbara Gibb with 29 members and guests. A Montreal Gazette photographer took photos at the beginning of the hike which were published in print and on line.

Distance/approx. time: 6.7km (slightly shorter for those who opted to take a short cuts at the end) in just over

2 hours. - average pace of 3.25 km/hr

Brief description of trail (terrain/degree of difficulty): It is an easy to moderate trail, with varied terrain - through mixed forests and grasses and across a fairway. The trees were beautiful and  heavily laden with snow. The temperature hovered around – 7 C and there were light fluffy flakes to add to the atmosphere. Most hikers wore snowshoes, two wore  boots. It was with the kind permission of landowners that we enjoyed hiking through forests of pine, spruce, fir, hemlock, maple, birch and beech.

Points of Interest/ landmarks. We were treated to a living Christmas tree decked out in festive finery!  A homemade Ramblers specific ornament was added to the tree as a thank you to the landowners.  In winter, the colour, pattern and texture of tree bark is visible, amazing and a source of beauty that is usually masked by foliage in other seasons.  We passed by a sugar shack, a 102 year old railway bridge and "the tree of youth", so named because anyone standing near this gnarled old maple looks young!  See attached photos for these and the literal starting off on the right foot hiking pose.

Seasonal availability: 4 season although it would be wet in spring

Access Point (noting facilities if available): Access from Leger, no facilities

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sign no animals  Please take note that pets are not allowed on hikes.

Members should have their card at each hike. The membership fees have to be paid by check or by Interac.

N.B. Guests are welcome and members are encouraged to invite interested individuals who can participate in our sanctioned activities once for free. Guests must register at invite-guest@lesrara.ca. After one free event, returning guests will be invited to join the Ramblers Association and pay the annual membership fee. Those people who, after using their free pass want to participate but not join will be obliged to pay $10 per outing.

All persons who participate in a Ramblers Club activity acknowledge having read, understood and accepted theClub’s policies and waiver, as posted on the website at www.lesrara.ca, and agree to abide by them.

NOTICE: Ramblers Association hikes are held rain or shine and will only be cancelled in the case of extreme weather conditions, such as an ice storm or thunderstorms. If a hike is cancelled for these reasons an email will be sent to all members and other people on our mailing list one (1) hour before the event is due to start. This cancellation notice will also appear on our website.

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