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Starting a hike on the right foot!

Date of the hike:    Sunday 04 January 2015

Location:                Hudson

$ Cost:                    0

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Leaders: Barb and Alan Gibb

Level: Easy (Levels of difficulty for hikes)

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.  

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Date of hike: Sunday, January 04, 2015

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 4 members and 1 guest who braved the freezing rain for this hike.

Distance/approx. time: 5.5km (slightly shorter 5.0 km) for those who opted to omit 2 loops, in 1.5 hours. - average pace of 3.7  (3.3) km/hr. Because of the weather and as it was the first hike on snowshoes for most, we opted to do a slighter shorter hike.

Brief description of trail (terrain/degree of difficulty): It is an easy to moderate trail, with varied terrain - through mixed forests and grasses. The temperature hovered around – 4C and there was freezing rain.  The trail was ice crusted over 6 inches of snow and most hikers wore snowshoes. d The guest, in hiking boots, hiked near the sweeper so he could benefit from the  packed snow of the snowshoe hikers. 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. Again, this year we were treated to 2 living Christmas trees decked out in festive finery!  A  Ramblers specific ornament  was added to one of trees as a thank you to the landowners, (see photos). The freezing rain crystallized evergreen branches into a winter wonderland.  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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Please take note that pets are not allowed on hikes.

Members should have their card at each hike. The membership fees may be paid by cheque 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 and the participant guidelines, 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.

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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