Greenwoods Conservancy Hike – Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Report by Monica Peters: Tuesday turned out to be a perfect day for Leaders Monica and Irv Peters to lead eighteen hikers on trails in the Greenwoods Conservancy Trust property in the Town of Hartwick. We met at the intersection of Zachow and State Land Roads. Dr. Earle Peterson, Trustee of Greenwoods, met the group to join us on the hike and we car pooled to the intersection of State Land and Cranberry Bog Roads where we hiked along C. Bog Road and beautiful Cranberry Bog for a little over a half mile to the entrance of the Green Trail; then on through wetlands, over a stream and through lovely woods to intersect with the Yellow Trail. At this juncture two hikers with a leader returned to C. Bog Road and back to their cars. The other hardy souls pressed on to climb a couple hills and walk through sunny meadows up hill and down dale to return to C. Bog Road where the errant leader caught up and all were treated to some homemade gorp to fortify them for the continuation … on the Yellow trail over a stream, past a large pond and up the hill and down to the bridge and active beaver dams and ponds. Several deer crossed our paths along the way. We sat in the sun, socialized and ate lunch on the bridge before continuing on … observing along the way a couple more beaver dams one of which was about six/seven feet high – and which Dr. Peterson advised was completely destroyed in the recent storms – but rebuilt in three nights by the industrious beavers. At intervals throughout the hike Dr. Peterson shared information with various hikers about the area and its uses and conservation of the natural beauty of the Conservancy for future generations. It was a great day in God’s Kingdom enjoyed by all! Photographs by Currie Marr

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