Saturday, October 24, 2009

hydro work: trail disruption

The lower Spencer Creek Trail will see periods of construction activity at the hydro corridor, meaning some trail closures are likely during this time.

Despite posted signs warning the trail was closed (above), the trail was in fact open this weekend with no barriers.

Hikers in the area will be rewarded with a chance to watch the fall salmon run upstream. We saw a few today, in the creek just downstream of the Thorpe Street bridge (below).

Seems like everyone is struggling to get somewhere along the creek these days!

Monday, October 5, 2009

walking dead

The Hamilton Cemetery is set on Burlington Heights, overlooking Cootes Paradise to the west. It is a cemetery with a lot of history, including, other than grave markers, remnants of earthen works used by the British in the war of 1812 against the U.S.of A.

Quite by chance, passing through the cemetery, I happened to look down and noticed the little flags, which then drew my attention to the inscription on the headstone. I had vaguely heard the story of Colonel William Winer Cooke, who was a Canadian killed with the 7th U.S. Cavalry at the battle of Little Big Horn with that more famous fatality, General George Custer.

History is a funny thing, and depending on how you look at it, some players that were once heroes, may not be considered such today.

I have yet to go along for one of the organized local tours of the cemetery, but here is a link to the historical guide of such guided walks.

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