Greenwoods Conservancy Hike – Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Report by Monica Peters – Tuesday morning arrived with pleasant weather to hike the Greenwoods Conservancy trails in the Town of Burlington. Seventeen ADKers showed up at Zachow Road. Two more were welcomed later on Cranberry Bog Road. Dr. Pedersen (grantor of the Trust) stopped by to say hello. The group proceeded over the field to the lean-to and walked down to the dock where
we were greeted by warm sunshine and two bald eagles that performed for us and also two blue herons. Unfortunately our “resident photographer” was not present so we can’t “document” the birds. We proceeded on the Yellow Trail and cut off onto the Green Trail where we found the bridge had been washed out due to action by some ambitious beavers (who declined to show themselves). All made it across the stream although it was tricky and a slippery experience. . Our botany expert (Currie Mar) pointed out and identified several interesting fungi along the trails. He also explained the background of the ancient Princess Pine and how it has descended from tree-like ancestors that existed 300 million years ago.
Then to Cranberry Bog Road and up over the hill east, returning to the lean-to and back to our vehicles at the barn on Zachow Road.. Total hiking was said to be 3.84 miles as determined by a cell phone counter. During the hike the leader provided homemade “Cranberry Bog” bars and at the completion homemade brownies were offered. At this point 12 hikers joined together for lunch at Council Rock Brewery on Route 28 before heading home. Members expressed much enjoyment and appreciation of the opportunity to access the lovely trails, view the Bog and enjoy a sociable day together.  Photos taken by Julie Smith.

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