About

Welcome to our blog.  We are Bushwhacker and Ranger.  Two retired old guys who explore the bush-trails, conservation areas, wildlife areas, ANSI’s, Crown lands, and … the “No Exit” back-roads of Southern Ontario, Canada.  In these places we forage mushrooms, berries, and nuts.  We observe plants, animals, and insects, and even help propagate some. We watch trout spawning, feed wild animals by hand, and even rescue a few.  We explore abandoned buildings, trace the paths of long-gone railways, pace the trails of fore-fathers, and determine if that “No Exit” sign is true. We visit places, meet people, and experience things most folks never could, even if they knew how.

Ranger is the historian, and Bushwhacker is the scientist.  There will be mention made of “The Wife” in Bushwhacker’s posts as she is an honorary “Old Guy” (and I’m not quite sure if that thrills her or not, really).   On the other hand, Ranger is available … ladies ?

We tend to keep things light-hearted, and have fun out there.  And we like to have fun in here too.  So, if you’re in the mood to see and read some interesting stuff, and have a few laughs doing it, please read on. For a better introduction, please see the “Well, I Gotta Start Somewhere” posting  in the category “Genesis”.

2 Old Guys Walking

PLEASE NOTE : We have shut off the mandatory e-mail address requirement to leave comments. Personally I don’t like leaving my addy just to make a comment so why would you ? Mind you, I’ve retained the manual approval just in case … So, if you do leave a comment, it won’t show up immediately.

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17 comments

  1. Enjoyed your info and wit!! Great web site icon (NO EXIT SIGN) You left me wanting more!
    gff

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  2. Bushwacker's LilSis · · Reply

    Have spent a couple hours reading all your blogs. Wish you, the wife, and Ranger lived closer so your li’l sis here could go on these walks with you. Keep blogging, I’ve enjoyed the time spent reading up on your adventures.

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  3. Eva from the winery · · Reply

    Great blog! Love the one about the tomatoes. Nice to meet you and “the wife” today!

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    1. Thanks kindly Eva. I look forward to Spring to do a write up on your winery’s history. As we said, your wines are the best we’ve ever had.
      Bushwhacker

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  4. Anonymous · · Reply

    Hey you 2 old guys I believe these blogs just keep getting better.I love reading the new ones and going back to read the older as well .Where does all this wit and great writing come from ?
    li`l sis .Which one u guys will have to guess .

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  5. Hey li l sis, Thanks for the comment, Will try not let all this praise go to our heads! How was your vacation last week?
    The 2 old guys.

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  6. Hi Bushwhacker and Ranger, love your site. I thought you might be interested in this mapping resource; it might serve your needs better than Google. The quality of the aerial views is often better and more detailed, and you can print some pretty good topos with it!

    https://www.ontario.ca/page/topographic-maps

    Keep on trekkin!

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    1. Hi Bill,
      Thanks much for your kind words of encouragement, your follow, and the map link. I’ve been playing with it, and it will certainly come in handy (particularly the topos – we’re in Oak Ridges Moraine territory).
      Bushwhacker & Ranger
      2oldguyswalking

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      1. Hey there again! Another topo map resource you might like:
        http://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/pdf-quads

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        1. Our thanks again Bill. Both for the URL and your exploration of our site (I’m assuming the last few days of “higher than normal” traffic has been you looking around). Enjoy.
          Bushwhacker

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          1. Hey Bushwhacker! Yes, that’s probably me. I was just reading trail reviews at first, but liked what I saw, so I started over from the beginning. I’m working my way through chronologically now… I’m nearly to mid-2014 or so. Great stuff!

            By the way, “The Northumberland Nemesis” creeped me right out. I need to go burn some leather so I’ll recognize the scent.

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          2. Heay Bill,
            Keep it up and Ranger and I will have to declare you an honourary “Old Guy”. Though judging by your picture, you might not see that as the honour we would intend it to be.
            Bushwhacker

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          3. I’m absolutely fine with being called an “old guy”… kind of a badge of honour. I have a couple decades to go until retirement, though.

            I was telling one of our interns last week that I felt like an old guy, and he said I should just claim to be in my late 20s… a couple decades late, that is.

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  7. Noticed a “No Exit” sign today, fairly close to where I live. Drove to the end of that road and, sure enough, I found a trail. So, being inspired by 2 old guys that happen to blog about such things, I followed that trail. It ended up being kind of crazy (and perhaps not the safest trail I’ve ever hiked), but it was definitely fun!

    The end of the road (photo): https://goo.gl/photos/abQRwMn272wEKDgx9
    The trail (GPS track): http://my.viewranger.com/track/details/MzY2NDgzNQ==

    What a fun hobby!

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    1. While it’s true, that not every “No Exit” trail will lead to a pot O’ gold, they’ll often satisfy the explorer in someone. Keep your eyes sharp to the signs and discover just what might be out there … right down the street, or around the corner.
      Bushwhacker

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  8. Hey, long time, no comment. Hope you’ve both been well. Have either of you been to High Falls on Eels Creek? It’s just west of Petroglyphs PP… seems like your kind of place! http://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MTE1NzI5

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    1. Hi Bill,
      Good to hear from you again. Yes we have been there. A very long time ago though. Almost 30 years back. It was one of our first forays together. Long time … thanks for the memory jog Bud.
      2oldguyswalking

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