Canadice Lake Trimodal – August 31, 2014 4:00 (3:30 for kayaks/canoe)

canadice triathlon 019For those of you that participated in last year’s Trimodal on Canadice Lake, we will return again to hike/bike/kayak/canoe in the DEC Hemlock/Canadice Forest and Canadice Lake area.  We will meet at the kayak/canoe launch a mile or so south past the boat launch on Canadice Lake Road.  Kayakers/Canoes should arrive at 3:30 to prepare their boats, bikers and hikers at 3:45 to begin our event at 4:00 sharp.

You may participate in one, two or all three events, providing you have your own kayak/canoe and bike.  Those that participate in all three events (Wendy, Pam and Mark completed all 3 last year) should plan an extra hour to finish and will be given a present from Canadice Kitchens.  It is truly amazing what this lake has to offer in recreation this time of year!

canadice triathlon 028Hikers will head south from the kayak/canoe launch either by foot or carpool to the south hiking trail.  From there they can walk as far as they want and return, or they can complete the entire trail for 4 miles to the north boat launch, where they can be transported back to their cars. estimated time 1 1/2 – 2 hours depending on speed.

canadice triathlon 020Bikers will head north from the kayak/canoe launch, picking up the north boat launch trail and returning to the kayak/canoe launch.  It is important to note that the Canadice Trail is mostly a dirt/grassy trail, and due to the recent storms and run off, bikers will need to keep an eye out for ruts.  There are difficult areas between the 2 mile and 1 1/2 mile markers going south.  estimated time 1 – 1 1/2 hours depending on speed and if you want to take any side trips along the way like Mark did last year.

canadice triathlon 036Kayak/Canoes will launch from the kayak/canoe launch, head south, north or across the lake depending on weather and wind conditions.  Please note that some owners of kayaks that are in the trimodal will allow others to use their kayaks only from 4:00-5:00 if you would like to try it out. They will be returning to the launch to pick up their boats to complete their 3 events from 5-6:00.   Note that there is a  kayak rental down on Canadice Lake Road.  Nanette has offered to supervise the kayakers.  estimate time for kayak/canoe  –  1/2 hour – 1 hour

For those participating in all 3 events, biking first for an hour, walking bike to canoe/launch for an hour, then kayaking/canoeing one hour.  estimated time 3 hours to complete all three.

Social will be held at Pati and Jim’s on Wheaton Hill Road. Watch for the Springwater Trail sign.      Bring a dish to pass and BYOB.   We will have appetizers at 6:30 and dinner at 7:00.

Directions: Meet at the Kayak/Canoe launch on Canadice Lake Road (2.9 miles south of Purcell Rd or 1.8 miles north of Johnson Hill Rd.  Click for detailed directions.

Giant puffball, a recognizable edible mushroom

This rainy summer has produced a bumper crop of mushrooms, that we will encounter on our hikes, the next several weeks.  While not consuming wild mushrooms, unless you’re absolutely sure of its identity, remains a very strong recommendation, the giant puffball (Calvatia gigantea) has a very unique appearance, and is considered to be a choice edible by many.  There is nothing else that looks like it.

Giant, is a good descriptive name.  They are roundish and can get up to a foot in diameter.  If you find one, at the right stage, its flesh can feed many people.  First, it must be white and firm, throughout.  If the inside flesh is not pure white and firm to the touch, it is no longer edible.  If you remove the outer layer, the inside flesh will also be clean.

There are many ways to enjoy your find.  One way, is to cut slices, about a half inch thick.  Dip the slice into an egg and milk mixture, and then into Italian bread crumbs.  Saute in butter until golden brown, serve, and enjoy.  You can also puree the flesh in a blender with a soup or sauce, before cooking, to give it a mushroom flavor.  Try it, and bring to a social, for your dish to pass.  Happy hunting.

Boughton Park Hike and Kayak – Sunday, August 24, 4:00PM

Boughton Park, located in Bloomfield, has a series of trails around two ponds which used to be the water supply for Fairport. This week, we will explore the park by land and by water.  We will meet at the park entrance on Stirnie Road (42.9377340, -77.4417838).

Kayakers should arrive at 3:45 to allow time to unload boats and carry them to the dock.  Mark will lead the kayakers on the West Pond.  Kayakers interested in exploring the West Pond will head south to check on the pond inlet.  Keep your eyes open for the rope swing on the east side of the pond.  If you are willing to do a short portage, we will head across the pond to the east dock and carry our kayaks about a quarter mile to the East Pond.  We will explore the east pond and then return to the first pond.

Meanwhile, Linda will lead the hikers south around the West Pond.  When they reach the Pond overflow at the north end of the pond, they will cross to the East Pond and circle the second pond, returning to the start point.  The trail is mostly flat, with some steep hills in the south west portion of the park.  Hikers keep the trails open, though poison ivy can be seen on the sides of the trails, so pay attention!

Following the hike, we will have a picnic social at the pavilion at the Stirnie Rd parking area.  Bring a dish to pass and your own beverage (park rules prohibit alcohol and any glass containers – please follow the rules).

A self-directed car pool will meet at the Hemlock Lake Park at the north end of Hemlock Lake at 3:00 to leave promptly at 3:15 for Boughton Park.

From Springwater: Follow Rt 15A North to Lima.  Turn right onto Rt 5 & 20 for 7.5 miles.  Turn left onto Cannan Rd.  Continue across Rt 64 onto Bennett Rd.  After 0.5 miles turn right onto CR 39.  At 0.9 miles CR 39 curves to the right.  Bear left onto Boughton Rd, then an immediate left onto Stirnie Rd. The parking area is 0.8 miles on the right.


Hike Recap Ontario Pathways

Beautiful biking weather last Sunday. Not bad for hiking either. Mark and Pati took to the trail on foot with the Westies. The rest of us greased up our chains and pumped up our tires(except for Dena) for a leisurely trip down the rail trail from Orleans to Flint. Lots of flora a fauna were viewed along the route. Pam pointed out Tansy, a flowering plant sown by farmers to keep away flies.

On the Rail Trail 8/17/14

Pam plays with railroad spikes

Too bad it did not work on mosquitoes. We were also on the lookout for poison sumac. The trail was lovely and shaded in many areas, with a steep drop to the creek. Fortunately we did not veer off into any of the ravines. The trip south took us just under an hour, but the return trip was much faster. Bikers seemed to get their legs on the return journey. Had we known that, we could have made it all the way to Stanley in the allotted time.

About a mile from the finish we encountered some of our hikers who had arrived late: Katherine, Gene, and Georgia were meandering the trail observing the plants and fending off insects. All returned to the parking area in plenty of time to head out to our social.

Social at the Green Front 8/17/14

Social at the Green Front 8/17/14

Thanks to John, we landed at a perfect spot for hungry hikers, the Green Front, in Canandaigua. Beer was great, several varieties on tap, and food was most delicious, especially the free pizza enjoyed by Melissa and John. Hats off to the crew at the Green Front.

Hope to see you all on the trail next week.