Report to Hikers: week of March 16-22

Hello Hikers!


Wed March 18

Hill Road and Curtis Road, South Danby – road walk

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More unfamiliar country roads — great rural scenery — delightful morning except for a raw wind blowing in our faces on much of the outbound leg

There was a NWS warning in effect for snow squalls and possible white-outs, but before the storm arrived it was gorgeous out, sunny with huge dramatic clouds and beautiful slanting light

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The snow began on our way back to the cars, and the walk immediately turned moody and atmospheric — by the time we were in the home stretch, it felt like the dead of winter ….

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and we actually did hit a white-out for a few minutes driving up 96B on the way back to town

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This is the first winter we’ve done more than 1-2 road walks, and I’ve really enjoyed it — I love the rolling terrain and the feeling of openness and depth you can get, and the wonderful old farms, both the thriving ones and the decaying ones.

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We passed two places with horses — in one, the horses came to the fence to watch us pass by — I hoped to get a cute shot of our guys interacting with them, but when Gary and Eckhart walked over the horses darted away (photo) and couldn’t be coaxed back.

Official head count: 12 hikers, two dogs

You can see nine online photos here.



Sat March 21

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Yellow Barn SF, Dryden — snowmobile trail

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Snowing hard on the drive out to the trail head …. Route 13 only partially cleared, and there were several cars resting in the ditch — Tehan Road so slippery three hikers’ cars couldn’t make it up the hill, and Wan had to go fetch them — one of our more exciting hike shape-ups ever.

As promised, we took the snowmobile trail north into unfamiliar territory, leaving the edge of Yellow Barn SF and dropping down into a huge open area with fantastic views into the rolling hills beyond Route 13

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The snow stopped fairly soon but it was gusty and cold out in the fields, so we headed back up into the shelter of the forest — quite a tough climb back up — the snowmobile trail wasn’t groomed after all, it was a bit bumpy and there was 3-4 inches of fresh snow on top — a little grueling

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We had a great time anyway — official head count: 12 hikers, one dog  —  no snowmobilers, no skiers

Click here to see nine more shots online.



Sunday Mar 22

Hike cancelled because of snow and bad driving conditions  —  but then not too long after I sent out the cancellation notice, the snow stopped and the sun came out ….