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E-Notes - April 2021

Welcome to spring, the wonderful season of rebirth.

This issue begins with our AGM which is coming up in a few weeks. We hope you remembered to register, and if not, that you'll use the links below to do so today. (Amazing how we have all become old hands at Zoom since our last AGM! Who knew.) 

Also in this issue: We bring news about our first club cookbook. Kudos to the contributors, and to Wayne for coming up with the idea. And speaking of kudos, Martina sent in a well-earned tribute to the website work of Stephen Kamnitzer through many years. I know many of us will join with her in those sentiments and will want to add our thanks as well. There are two more items. We are making tentative plans for TBTC trips again (Yay!). And David Rowney offers some thoughts and tips for hiking with rubber boots.

Happy April, everyone.
Register now for AGM Zoom Event,
Sat, April 17, 2021, 1pm


Be sure to register for TBTC's Annual General Meeting, which will once again be via Zoom.

A copy of the AGM Report is now available for review and download by going to this link: https://torontobrucetrailclub.org/about-us/annual-report

You will need a valid (i.e, paid up) membership number to register. Here is the registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ig0YT-IjSCi8DMeiwGbpgg
 
TBTC Comfort Food for Hikers Cookbook
The first edition of the Club's Comfort Food for Hikers Cookbook is now available on the TBTC website at Comfort Food for Hikers. I've already tried out several of them," says Wayne, "and will be checking out others in the near future."

If you'd like to contribute one or two of your own favourites we'll be updating the document every so often. Send your recipes and maybe a photo to enotes@torontobrucetrailclub.org in a format that can be cut and pasted into word.

Thanks to Salpy Kevrekian, Stacy Rowland, Peter Bishop, Janet McColeman, Reba Weber, Dave and Shelagh Rowney, Ellen Michelson, Irv Nyman, Lisa Lifshitz and Wayne Crockett for sending in their ideas. 
 

Thank you, Stephen Kamnitzer!
As we move towards a new registration and payment system, I would like to acknowledge Stephen Kamnitzer's awesome work on the current system. Thank you Stephen for building a system that served us well for many years. I've been leading bus hikes for 14 years and running the ski and snowshoe program for eight seasons. Without the online registration system none of my trips would have been possible and we would have missed out on many fun adventures and comradery. Every Sunday at 9 PM sharp more than 56 members logged on to register for the following Saturday's trip and the system never crashed. Also, thank you for the many updates and your fast, friendly responses to technical problems (sometimes at 10 PM on Sunday nights). 
Martina Furrer

Upcoming trips
Yes, we are feeling optimistic! We are actually planning some coach trips. Mark your calendars for the following dates and stay tuned for more information.
 
September 24 to 26, 2021 – Bruce Peninsula hiking weekend
Enjoy three days of guided hiking on the beautiful Bruce Peninsula and two sunsets at Evergreen Resort in Red Bay, Lake Huron. Each 12 to 15 KM hike (over rocky terrain) will have amazing views of Georgian Bay. Possible destinations may include Skinners Bluff, Cape Crocker, Lion's Head, White Bluff, and the Bruce Trail Conservancy's new Cape Chin Nature Reserve. Accommodation cost is $266 + HST per person in shared cottages, includes six meals. Coach fare will be about $100 per member.
 
March 4 to 7, 2022 – Winter weekend in Val-David
If you like winter hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, then join us for a getaway in the Laurentians. Explore the Parc régional Val-David Val-Morin, the P'tit Train du Nord, and other trails in the area, and stay at the cozy Auberge du Vieux Foyer.
 
Both trips will depart from York Mills subway station.  
 
Putting the Right Foot Forward With Rubber Boot Hiking
April is mud season on much of the Bruce Trail. At this time of year, hikers may experience wet and slippery conditions including areas where you cannot avoid  stretches of swamp-like conditions along the trail.  Here are a few tips to protect yourself and the environment when you hike in these conditions with rubber boots:

1. If you've purchased new rubber boots, make sure you are comfortable walking in them for long distances before starting a hike
2. Rubber boots are not hiking boots, so make allowances. You cannot walk as fast in them and your feet may tire more quickly
3. Wear a thick pair of socks, buy a good pair of insoles to cushion your feet and be prepared for blisters if you are prone to this
4. Make sure you take hiking poles to help with your balance on uneven terrain - mud is slippery, especially on hills!
5. Protect the natural habitat.  Rubber boots make it possible to stay on the trail.
6. Some trails are going to be more difficult to traverse (e.g. hills, lowland areas) in wet weather so plan your route accordingly
7. If there has been an inordinate amount of rain falling over several days, it would be better to delay your hike for a sunny day!
David Rowney
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Toronto Bruce Trail Club E-Notes Editors, Publishers: Magdalena Vanderkooy mvkooy@gmail.com and Wayne Crockett waynehikes@gmail.com






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