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Arnold Lake State Forest Hike – Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Under dry to semi-dry conditions, 28 ADKers enjoyed a 3 mile hike in Arnold Lake State Forest and Hartwick Public lands. The hike started and ended at the Nordic Ski Parking area off of Joe Cornell Road about 5 miles from Milford, NY. The principal beauty and pleasure of the hike were the soft trails through mature forests, and the main challenge was the steep 1 mile incline back to the cars. The most unusual plant seen was the Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis) and the most obvious domesticated escapee was the Garden Loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata).

Landis Arboretum Hike - Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Twenty-three hikers visited a well-watered, green and sparkling Landis Arboretum located near Esperance, NY. If you haven’t been there in a while, you’ll be astonished. The arboretum has grown to 500 acres and has added a stand of old-growth forest, bog plants, perennial beds and an attractive visitors center where we ate our lunches and had coffee. The beeches are in trouble and there have been losses but the oak collection, for which the Arboretum is known, is thriving.

College Camp Hike - Tuesday, July 7, 2009

We met at the SUCO College Camp in the midst of several rain showers. By the time we started the hike the rain was lighter, and during the hike the sun came out. Many of us started with colorful umbrellas but soon most had shed their raincoats. Fourteen of us enjoyed the 1.8 mile hike up and down the hills of College Camp and then we had a nice lunch in the sun near the lodge after the hike.

Fernleigh Farm Hike - Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tuesday June 30, 2009 Kay and Ted Kantorowski led a hike starting and ending at Fernleigh Farm in Cooperstown. A brief rain shower occurred on the trail but it was sunny by the time the group reached Star Field and a magnificent view of Otsego Lake. Photographs of the trip were taken by Currie Marr and include: 1) The Fernleigh Farm House, 2) Trail, 3) Rain, 4) Bird's Nest, 5) Waterfall, 6) Sapsucker Holes, 7) Goat's Beard, 8) Group in Star Field, and 9) Otsego Lake from Star Field.

Goodyear Lake Hike -- Tuesday, June 23, 2009

WOW!!! Was it because of the beautiful summer day or was it the lure of "ice cream provided"? Whatever the reason, a remarkable number of hikers (37) gathered to walk at Goodyear Lake. Included in our group were the visiting grandchildren of two of our hikers - Chelsea from California and 6-year old Dennis from Maryland. Six people did a 1-hour walk on the lake roads. The rest of us hiked along the railroad tracks and then through a wooded area (some privately owned and some State land) over to the Collier's Dam.

North - South Lakes Hike - Sunday, June 13, 2009

The following photographs were taken by Carol Saggese on the North/South Lakes hike led by the Mahlkes on June 13th.

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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.

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