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Hick State Forest Hike - Tuesday, June 9, 2009

It was not the hike that was promised, nor was it the hike that anyone expected. The leader was the most surprised walker of all. That is because, as the ADK Steward for the trail, she thought she knew the place well. However, I did get off the marked trail onto an unmarked, but obvious other trail, getting all twenty three of us totally turned around. The woods were lovely, and there were many, many Canada Mayflowers along the trail.

Mud Lake from Upper Riddell -- Tuesday, June 2, 2009

On Tuesday, June 2nd, 33 ADKers walked uphill from the entrance of upper Riddell State Park to a creek where we took a snack break. Some decided to return at this point, but 26 hikers crossed the creek and continued to Mud Lake. Mud Lake is an open bog surrounded by a sphagnum moss mat. To walk on the mat is a water-bed experience. Growing from the mat we examined the specialized flora of Early Azalea, Pale Laurel, High-bush Blueberry and carnivorous plants. Both Pitcher and Sundew plants were observed and photographed.

Davis State Park Hike - May 26, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, about 30 ADKers walked Andy’s trail at Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park in Westford, NY. Participants responded cheerily to the sunny skies, to temperatures about 68 degrees temperature, and to the exceptional finds along the way. One of these finds was a clump of Pink Lady’s-Slipper orchids, and another captivating find, was a bird nest at ground level containing 4 blue eggs. The trip leader, Fran Darrah, identified the bird making the nest as a Veery. The Veery, Catharus fuscescens, is a small thrush species.

Wildflower Slideshow – Gilbert Lake, May 12, 2009

To view the slideshow click on: http://gallery.me.com/eveningstar#100135 and then go to the bottom of the page and click on "slideshow." Norma Lee Havens, and Julie Smith contributed photos but most photographs were taken by Marjorie Rogers.

Wildflower Hike at Gilbert Lake - Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Thirty-one people turned out for a two-event day. Thirteen people went with Carol Saggese and did a wildflower photo walk. The rest hiked with Fran Darrah. We saw many flowers and plants. Cameras were clicking away as we shot everything in our path. It was quite the scene, as photographers were sitting and lying down in the trail to capture the flowers. A few (in the heat of the action) were even noted to be sitting in a mud puddle, not knowing until it soaked in. One plant we were not sure of turned out to be dwarf ginseng.

Audubon Sanctuary Hike - May 5, 2009

Tue. May 5th hike on the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Sanctuary brought out 25 people to dare the forecasted showers. We hiked thru the Sanctuary onto a long abandoned road that parallels Swart Hollow Rd. south toward the old White Hill School intersection. This is from our 1915 Natl. Geo. Survey map, as the farm houses and school are long gone. Following various woodland trails we noted the violets, low bush blue berry, strawberry and shad tree blossoms. Back at the Sanctuary we enjoyed our lunches at the Hawk Watch site overlooking Oneonta's "greening up" valley.

Clip, Clop, Waggle-Walk - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Clip, Clop, Waggle-Walk at Lake Arnold state and county forests on April 21 was about as easy a workday as we’ve had. Sixteen Waggle - Walkers attended (a goodly number) and we were able to form two groups and do the entire trail in about three hours. Blowdown was light and we barely warmed up the saws. Linda Pearce brought a battery- operated chain saw. I didn’t see this tool working but I noticed that it is a lot lighter than my gas saw. Most of the work was clipping back and tossing sticks out of the trail. The weather was nearly perfect. No rain, no sun, no bugs and mild.

Todd Road Hike – April 14, 2009

It was a nice warm spring day as 20 hikers walked a 4 mile loop on Todd Road in the town of Hartwick. We passed a large pond with several geese and a few ducks lazily swimming around. We also found the old Lippett Cemetery quite interesting and several tried to decipher the engravings on the very old weathered headstones. Afterwards, several tired and hungry hikers went to Jackie`s for lunch. Photographs 1-5, 10 and 12 were taken by Scott Fielder and photos 6-9 & 11 were taken by Carol Saggese. The yellow flower is Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara).

Thayer Farm Hike - Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A stalwart group of ADK hikers met at the Thayer Farm property off Route 80 north of Cooperstown on Tuesday, March 31st. After walking up the driveway to the new Nature Center we set out on the yellow trail through a handsome pine forest high above Otsego Lake heading west and then north on the property. The trail was easy going for the first 3/4 mile then led us down a more challenging steep wooded area to a stream with three bridges and up again through another evergreen woods.

Texas Schoolhouse State Forest Hike - March 24, 2009

March 24. A chilly morning became a balmy day as 24 hikers headed into Texas Schoolhouse State Forest. We usually ski and snowshoe these woods, and in fact there were still patches of snow and ice on the seasonal roads and trails, but the warm sunshine was rapidly softening and reducing them. We ate lunch in a sunny spot before heading back, well satisfied by this first hike of spring. Photographs 4 (Bridge), 5 (Linda) and 6 (Stream) taken by Norma Lee Havens. Other photographs taken by Currie Marr.

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