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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.

Lower Riddell State Park Hike - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sixteen ADKers walked the trails of Lower Riddell State Park on Tuesday, March 17th. It was great celebrating Saint Patrick's Day in this way under a glorious sunny sky. Barb and Jack Meeks led the group and Serina Bangilan took the the first 5 photographs and Currie Marr took the 6th photo.

Hawk Circle Hike - Tuesday, March 10, 2009

On Tuesday March 10th, 16 hikers traveled to Hawk Circle near Cherry Valley. We were led on a tour through the grounds by Rick Sierra who founded Hawk Circle about 12 years ago. This is a nature center that teaches wilderness skills and living close to nature. He pointed out various kinds of trees and a shelter that the students had built from leaves and branches. After our walk we were treated to a delicious lunch of hot soup and homemade bread hot from the oven. All of this while sitting around a nice cozy wood fire where we all enjoyed more interesting conversation.

Farmer’s Museum Trail Hike

11 people gathered at the Farmer's Museum on Tuesday, February 24, then proceeded to the trailhead for Moe Pond above the village of Cooperstown. The sun was bright, the sky blue and even though it was a bit chilly, the snow was perfect for our snowshoes! The trails above the Farmer's Museum provide a lovely woods walk, with several openings that overlook Otsego Lake. We stopped at the leanto above the Museum parking lot, then took pictures at the Seneca Lodge House before returning our cars. Another 8 or so members decided to cross country ski on the Golf Course.

Gilbert Lake State Park Hike - February 17, 2009

Gilbert Lake State Park, Tuesday, February 17, 2009. Under a cloudless ceruleon blue sky, eighteen walkers (some with
snowshoes) enjoyed the hard-packed wide, snowy loop trail though mostly wooded land. It was a great day to be outside, no wind nor bugs! Photographs taken by Serina Bangilan.

Greenway Hike - Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Surprisingly, eighteen people showed up for a walk on the Oneonta Greenway on Tuesday. We had to cancel our trip to Hick State Forest/ Roseboom Nordic Ski Trails because of icy conditions. The Greenway had some icy spots as well, but all were prepared with crampons and/or snowshoes, so everyone made it. The walking was a bit of a challenge. The Susquehanna River water was high for February, probably due to melting snow. A brand new member, Serina Bangilan, was along. She wants to learn about hiking spots in our area. It was a pleasure to have her with us.

Goodyear Lake Hike -- February 3, 2009

Seventeen people joined in to ski, snowshoe or walk along the railroad tracks from our house at Goodyear Lake. Where the tracks run parallel to the Susquehanna River, we observed a lot of recent beaver activity. We were happy to welcome two first-timers to our group. We returned to the house to enjoy hot soup and good fellowship. Carol Saggese took these photos.

Gilbert Lake Snowshoe Outing -- January 27, 2009

On Tuesday, January 27, twelve hardy ADKers traversed the icy trails of Gilbert Lake State Park on snowshoes. Carol Saggese supplied these photographs. Outing Leader: Aleda Koehn

Photographs by Carol Saggese and Currie Marr

Pine Lake Ski, Snowshoe & Hike - January 13, 2009

Tuesday, Jan. 13. A group of 22 hardy ADKers met at the Pine Lake Campus on a cold and partly sunny day. We had eleven skiers, seven snowshoers, and four walkers. Everyone seemed to have a great time. After a morning of exercise; which included climbing up and down banks and scrambling over and under a fallen tree, we returned to the Lodge for our lunch. Photographs 1 and 2 by Julie Smith and 3 by Currie Marr.

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.


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