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First ADK Hike of the New Year - January 6, 2009

The first Susquehanna Chapter ADK hike of 2009 took place Tuesday, January 6th, in the lower Robert V. Riddell State Park. Eighteen participants walked familiar trails and a newly developed loop that went through a White Pine forest. Despite freezing temperatures initially, the morning was sunny and the exercise warmed us. What delighted everyone was the decorated vegetation along Schenevus Creek with lovely ice crystal jewels. Julie Smith and Carol Saggese have captured this beauty of nature in their photographs below.

Gilbert Lake Hike - Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tues. Dec. 30 Gilbert Lake -- A total of nine brave souls burned off some holiday calories with a 2 mile walk around the lake on the hard road. The snow was blowing and wind whipping so we decided to stay out of the woods for fear of branches breaking.

Brookfield Horse Trails Hike - December 16, 2008

The 50 degree temperatures on Monday, December 15, destroyed the beautiful skiing conditions at The Brookfield Horse Trails. Fourteen hikers did show up, in spite of not knowing what we would find when we got there. The walking was tricky. We had to watch every step we took. Everyone was in good humor and made the best of the situation. There was an attempt at reaching the Lean-To on Trail 17, but as we got farther into the woods, conditions got worse. We turned around and went back to the road to return to our cars.

Cooperstown Hike - Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Due to the absence of snow, plans for cross country skiing were changed to hiking on December 9th. Hikers met at the Clark’s Gymnasium in Cooperstown and from there 19 ADKers traversed trails with many highlights – stream, exercise stations, beaver dam, and mature forest. Afterwards Mary invited participants to her festive home to enjoy delicious soups and desserts by the fireplace.

Nature Conservancy's West Branch Preserve Hike - November 18, 2008

Fortunately, I never formed the habit of checking out hikes before hand. Had I done so I would have gone somewhere else and 22 people would have missed a challenging and stimulating scramble through seemingly constant blow downs. We were in the West Branch Nature Conservancy Preserve on the West Branch of the Delaware River. Everyone was pleased to find that the big white oak on this property is still healthy although it has lost some large branches. In the small "old growth" stand of hemlock and pine, there were a number of trees down but none of the really large ones.

College Camp Hike – November 4, 2008

Despite being Election Day, 12 cars and 20 people turned out to hike the Red Trail at SUNY Oneonta’s College Camp. Also known as the fitness trail, at one time the trail signs along the way directed users to perform various exercises. The day was warm enough that most participants shed their jackets upon climbing the steep hill at the beginning of the walk. We encountered a misshapen tree that reminded some of a dinosaur or others of a tortoise. Finally lunches were enjoyed outdoors on the deck of the Lodge, or at a picnic table, or in the gazebo.

Fall Hike at Hebbard's, October 14, 2008

On October 14th, 33 ADK hikers enjoyed a colorful warm fall hike at Rod and Sally Hebbard’s. The hike turned out to be 4.75 miles through fields and woods from which we saw a panorama of hills from Franklin. We climbed over old stonewalls up to a stone quarry and to a dry fall that if it had water would have flowed down hill on the Otego side. Our lunch was by two lovely ponds owned by neighbors. The hike ended back at the Hebbard’s with a treat of Sally’s homemade cookies and cider while taking in the beautiful view from their home.

Clark's Tower Hike - Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The October 7 hike was led by Kay and Ted Kantorowski. 36 hikers met at the Clark Sports Center to consolidate riders/cars. The sun was bright, the sky blue, and the frost meant that everyone had on an extra layer. But once we got on the path at Clark Tower and began walking, everyone warmed up, and the walk proceeded south from the entrance gate, along an ATV/snowmobile path, up around the cornfield and back to the Clark Tower.

ADK Susquehanna Paddle - September 30, 2008

On Tuesday, September 30, seventeen ADKers had a wonderful paddle on a portion of the Susquehanna. What a sight it was to see thirteen canoes and kayaks lined up and ready to float up such a lovely river on a beautiful autumn morning. At noon, we banked our boats and sat along the river to enjoy our lunch. We came close to being visited by a couple of curious horses, but they decided to turn back. All got back home before the afternoon shower.

Basswood Pond Hike - Tuesday, September 23, 2008

On this perfectly beautiful Fall day, we had a bit of an adventure on the trail, followed by lunch next to Basswood Pond, and then for some, a trip to Tom Salo's home nearby.


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