Confessions of a Street Walker – part 16

It is possible that you have seen a rather peculiar woman walking around the streets of Hamilton over the last four years. If you have, I hope you gave a wave…because I am she.


Come along with me on one of my typical walks. Wednesday, August 14th – part 1

I am currently finishing up walking all of lower Stoney Creek. I usually go on one of my longer walks once a week – typically Monday mornings. This past Monday was just over 9 miles and then I managed to squeeze another walk in yesterday.


This is sort of typical of one of my walks. I wish that I had taken more pictures over the last almost-five years but when picture-taking becomes the objective then I would get way too distracted. Walking is the goal but sometimes I just get the urge to snap something interesting – to me at least. I managed to take a few pictures on this walk.

So early yesterday morning found me near the outer boundary of the City of Hamilton and I crossed over into the Niagara Region. I pressed start on my walking app but didn’t notice that it was not on until I was quite far down South Service Road along-side the QEW. So I started it properly (the green dot on the above map) and continued on.


I passed a rather dead skunk (no picture – it was gross)


I let my route take me out of Hamilton because it was going to be shorter to just walk that way instead of doubling back to stay in Stoney Creek. Now this project has been confusing in regards to figuring out the boundaries. In 2001 the city of Hamilton amalgamated with a number of neighbouring towns to become the City of Hamilton at the same time they all maintain their own identities.

Stoney Creek is one of those towns but next to Stoney Creek, there are also smaller communities called Fruitland and Winona. So I was walking within the City of Hamilton – but I was not – I was also within the boundaries of Stoney Creek – but I was not in Stoney Creek – I was in Winona. I confess that it can be utterly confusing for those of us who live here – let alone people who are trying to travel through.

So I walked back into Hamilton (rather Stoney Creek) (actually Winona)Screenshot_20190814-121531_1

One of the roads on my route was called Coker’s Lane and years ago I recalled reading something about a huge tree on that road and I wondered how easy it was going to be to find it. I enjoy walking where trees are nearby. I usually try to walk on the side of the street where there is shade and love the sheltering branches that tower above. I usually smile upwards to let the tree know I appreciate it’s shade.

Well, I was pleasantly surprised to spot that oak tree. Nestled by the foot of the escarpment – there it was.


Pictures don’t really do it justice.


It was very easy to find because there was a plaque and everything.



I love trees.

I also saw a species of tree or bush that I don’t think I’ve seen before. It was half-way up the escarpment at the end of Reservoir Park Lane.


With rather odd-looking cones? fruit? seed?


Does anyone out there know what it is?

Stay tuned for the second half of my 8.14.19 walk…


2 thoughts on “Confessions of a Street Walker – part 16

  1. A mystery solved. The pinecone looking thingamajig on the willow is called a gall and it is the larva of a midge (fly) that had been laid as an egg and the gall grows around it as a nest of sorts to overwinter in. Way cool.


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