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Schenevus South Hill Hike -- August 19, 2008

After an ominous start to the morning because of rain showers, 15 brave souls set out from the Fielders' home in Chaseville, driving to the end of Taite Road on Schenevus South Hill. The hike was on private land and began by passing a network of ponds with interesting statuary keeping watch. Progress was slow for awhile due to an abundance of blueberries which delayed hikers, some of whom were equipped with plastic bags for collecting. Currie Marr was frequently called on for his expertise as a mycologist because there was also an abundance of fungi and a great variety as well.

Westville Airport Breakfast & Bike Ride - August 16, 2008

On Saturday, August 16, fourteen ADKers and friends assembled by 8:30 at the Westville Airport for the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department's monthly Fly-in Breakfast super meal -- $6.50 buys all you can eat of pancakes, eggs and sausage with OJ, coffee, tea and cocoa. The proceeds from the breakfast benefit the fire department. The breakfast goes from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM and we were told that 480 people came out to get the breakfast and enjoy the nice little grass runway airport.

Decatur's Scenic Roads - Hike August 12, 2008

Gerda and Ivan Gyori led 18 ADKers on a walk along the scenic roads of Decatur. Besides ever changing vistas, many wildflowers were observed including the Helleborine Orchid, observed the previous week at Moe Pond. The hike ended at the Gyori’s house where we enjoyed looking at Gerda’s flowers, particularly a healthy specimen of Edelweiss. Under sunny skies we enjoyed a pleasant lunch and ice cream on their deck.

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.

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