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John Boyd Thacher St. Park

Date: 
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 08

The Tuesday hike (June 25), provided it doesn’t rain as forecast, will be at J B Thatcher State Park, (subtitled the Indian Ladder) 830 Thatcher Pk. Rd., Voorheesville, NY 12186, for those with GPS. GOOGLE says it is 70 mi., 1 hr. 16 min away. Therefore, we should arrive at Price Chopper about 8:45 a.m. to sign in and leave promptly at 9 a.m. Bring a lunch, water, and rain wear, if the forecast is only for showers. Stay tuned to the website www.susqadk.org for cancellation, if it is for all day rain.

For those wondering where this is, we head NW on I-88 to exit 23 and turn S. toward Schoharie on 30 A for a couple of miles. And, yes, we will pass thru the intersection where the limousine accident happened, but not approaching down the steep hill they did. That is where we will join Rt. 30, travel south east to 443, and 157 to Thatcher Pk. Rd.

Of course, we will car pool as much as possible and share the cost of gas and parking fee with our ever generous drivers. Since this is a 140 mi. round trip and a $6 parking fee, your leader is insisting that drivers take compensation (some have not in the past). We have done the math. and estimate that a car with 5 passengers should each contribute approximately $5.20 and a car with 4 people should contribute $6.50 each. This means that the driver will need to pay for the parking pass at the entrance with either a credit card or $6 in bills to feed into the machine which then issues the pass to be put on the dashboard. Upon completing that maneuver we turn an immediate right and park for the very new and wonderful Visitor's Center. After gaining somewhat of a geology education there we can proceed down the “Indian Ladder”, fifty or sixty steps, to the trail below the escarpment. The trail is about 3/4 to 1 mi. long and passes behind two small, but impressive water falls.

Actually, if you can’t go with us, you can Google the park and take a virtual hike with a cute 6 year old boy in a red jacket. Any questions or corrections to our Math., please call Lucille at 607-432-1022 or email me at lucillew@stny.rr.com . Put in your order for a nice day, please.