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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.

Cherry Valley Creek Bike Ride

On a comfortably cool Saturday morning 13 people gathered at the Milford NCOC BOCES to ride 11 bikes up the Cherry Valley to Middlefield and for some even to Roseboom and back. Julia Smith was leader and organizer of the ride.

You may wonder how 13 people could manage with only 11 bikes. The solution to that mystery is the tandem bicycle. There's a video that you can click on to watch cyclists riding up a hill.

Photos 1 - 5 by Carol Saggese
Video and Photos 7 - 12 by Bob Thomas:

Hike from Fernleigh Farm to Star Field with Photos

18 ADK members gathered at the Clark Sports Center on Tuesday, May 6 then proceeded to Fernleigh Farm on the East Side of Otsego Lake. The Clark Estates property overseer met them and told them a bit about the Fernleigh Farm area that they would be walking. The group then headed out on the tote road to VanYehres Road, and up the hill to the carriage trail eventually leading to Star Field. It was a beautiful day, lots of sunshine and mild temperature, which unfortunately brought out all of the black flies!!!!!

Milford State Forest Hike 4/15/08

Milford State Forest Hike, Tuesday April 15, 2008: Twenty-four participants enjoyed a sunny hike along paths in an area that has not been hiked since the tornado of 1998. The trails have been cleared of logs and many species of young trees occur, including Larch, Spruce, Fire Cherry, Maples, and Birch. From right to left photographs are: 1) bubble under ice, 2) trail puddle, 3) Surprise Pond, 4) snack time, 5) lunch, and 6) lunch again.

Photos of FLT - Oquaga Lake State Forest Hike

ADK Tuesday Hike April 8, 2008: Linda and Stef Seifried led this Finger-Lake-Trail trip that ended with lunch at Oquaga Lake State Park. Fourteen Club members participated on this sunny, warm (58 F) day in the area known as the “Arctic State Forest.” The green ruffle on the tree is a Leafy Lichen (foliose type) and flat lichens are often referred to as a “time-stains.” That nick-name indicates how slowly this composite organism (fungus + alga) grows. The diameter of this specimen reflects an age of many years.

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