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Moe Pond Hike - Tuesday August 5, 2008

There were 17 of us who hiked to Moe Pond on Tues., Aug. 5th. It was a beautiful sunny day and everyone enjoyed the many interesting plants and mushrooms. The trail led us past a beaver pond and through a beautiful Red Pine forest. We ended at Moe pond where everyone enjoyed lunch and the scenery. It was another 10 min. back to our cars where everyone arrived tired but happy. A perfect day!

Gilbert Lake State Park Hike -- July 29, 2008

Tuesday, July 29th, Heide and Ernie Mahlke led 18 ADKer’s on a hike in Gilbert Lake State Park. The hike started near the old fire tower site and continued over a complex of trails leading to the Briggs Pavilion. The group enjoyed lunch outdoors near the Pavilion. Photographs: 1) near the old fire tower site, 2 & 3) Shaggy Parasol Mushroom, Lepiota rachodes, 4) Scott Fielder enjoying a ride, 5) Buprestid, a metallic wood-boring beetle on the picnic table, and 6) View of Gilbert Lake taken from the lunch site.

Bear Swamp State Forest Trail Clearing

On July 22, 2008, fourteen ADKers reported for clearing trail in the Bear Swamp State Forest. A ski trail, newly opened after a period of harvest, required marking, clearing. Afterwards the group convened at the Gyori’s house for lunch, tea and a delicious cake made by Gerda.

Photographs by Doug Fielder

Hike to Table Rock - July 8, 2008

About 26 hikers left the top of Morgan Avenue and headed up to Hartwick's Strawberry athletic field. From there they ventured into the forest between the field and the Job Corps. Currie Marr again helped us all to recognize the various fungi we encountered in the woods, and we all were interested in the various frogs, toads, and snakes we encountered. Upon exiting the forest, the group headed towards Table Rock, but the day was hot and some hikers felt that they had to get back to the starting point.

Hartwick State Forest Hike - July 01, 2008

Thirty-one ADKers hiked snowmobile paths of Hartwick State Forest on July 1. The weather was pleasant, the paths soft and wide, and the forest shady and mature. Interesting finds along the way included mushrooms, toads, birds, Purple Raspberry plants in full bloom, and Red Elderberry plants bearing fruit. Doug Fielder took the group picture on the Home Page, and the three pictures below: 1) The Path, 2) Roots of a Fallen Tree, and 3) an old specimen of the Shelf Fungus, Ganoderma tsugae. The host for this fungus is always Hemlock, Tsuga canadensis.

Hooker Mountain Hike Report By Scott Fielder

June 17 started out rather ominously as a cloudy/misty day but 24 brave souls gathered at our house in Chaseville for a caravan off to Hooker Mountain, the highest point in the Town of Maryland. We enjoyed a pleasant hike on the trail through the state land emerging on Norton Road and continuing on Dog Hill Road and back to our cars on Hooker Mountain Road. In places a carpet of ferns filled the forest. I rescued several Red Efts from our many feet on the trail. Red Efts are the terrestrial stage of the Red Spotted Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens viridescens).

Canoe/Kayak Paddle on the Susquehanna River – June 10, 2008

Led by Barb Means, the canoe/kayak paddle on the Susquehanna River started from the bridge in Milford and went to the Crumhorn Boat Launch. The photographs below were taken by Ruth Schaeffer: 1) Participants, 2) Yellow Iris (Iris pseudacorus), 3) Participants, 4) Bullhead-Lily (Nuphar variegatum), 5) Participants, 6) Yellow Iris again.

Van Hornesville Gorge Hike - June 3, 2008

Photo memories by Carol Saggese: 1) Anticipation, 2) Pink Lady Slipper (Cypripedium acaule) from Hartwick Forest, 3) Erika diverting the waterfalls, 4) Ferns, 5) Water Strands, 6) Miterwort (Mitella diphylla)

Hike from Goodyear Lake to Colliers Dam - May 27, 2008

Nineteen hikers met at our home on Cliffside, Goodyear Lake to walk to the State Fishing Access site along the south end of the lake and on to the Colliers dam. Even though showers were predicted and some clouds looked threatening, it turned out to be a very pleasant morning. As we walked along the railroad tracks, Scott Fielder "rescued" a turtle that seemed unable to get up over the rail. How he scurried off when set down on the other side of the rail. When we got to the lake shore, we were greeted by a catbird overhead who entertained us with a variety of songs.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Hike Report - Winney Hill Ridge

We gathered at the Salo home on Winney Hill, starting our hike along and around the Winney Hill Ridge from the backyard. We meandered out way to the top of the ridge by going through the woods, kind of switching back and forth on a woods trail. Along the way we came upon a most beautiful mass of Wild Columbine growing atop a large, flat rock. The wildflower experts identified a rare wild flower growing on the trail, photo 2 below. At the top, we walked on hiking trails made by our neighbor, Mike Maben, coming out on the Gas Line.

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