Monday, April 23, 2018
The modest snow of the day prior had all but melted. We had the afternoon for playing in the woods and decided on a long overdue visit to the North Country Trail. It was a perfect day for walking a very lightly visited section of the trail. Besides finding a few caches we visited a very large rock formation. The side of the trail was lined with a field of very large rocks. I thought we had visited each section of the ANF near us, but this site would not have been forgotten.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
I was headed back home to Pennsylvania and winter weather was predicted. I still wanted to get a little trail time and find a few caches so I chose Ithaca. My afternoon started with a dnf at a unique octagonal school house. I enjoyed the unique building although I'm not sure it was a great design for a schoolhouse.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Last year I was at my office and spotted the first praying mantis I had seen in years. This afternoon, I spotted another one. I'm happy for a second chance to see these and wonder why they seem to be visible at the office.
When we visited the park a few weeks prior to hunt a multi, we stopped to visit one of our caches on the way back. It had gone missing so we brought a replacement container today. The fall colors of a few weeks ago were now muted while the temperatures had dropped and were near freezing.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Richfield Heritage Preserve is a newer park located on former Girl Scout Camps Hilaka and Julia Crowell. The land was once mostly held as part of the Hoover Estate in 1919 and still shows many of the former features and homes of that part of its past. The Hoover phase was short lived as the land was sold to GSA in 1936 and began to function as a camp in 1937. By 2011, both camps were finally closed as Girl Scout participation and donation revenue plummeted. A conservation effort succeeded in preserving the land as a park now known as Richfield Heritage Preserve. Although the camp is closed, the grounds still bear remains of its scout cap past.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
We planned for a day at Allegany State Park starting with a long walk on the NCT to a cache called Old Baldy. The climb is a modest 800 feet with some bushwhacking to the peak which is claimed to the the location of an old indian fort. The leaves were mostly down, but the walk was pleasant.