Wednesday May 25
Road walk — Travor Road, South Danby
First hike of the year over 80 degrees — I worried at the start that it might be a bake-off, since we were out in the open part of the time — but the humidity fell below 40% after we set off, and it was very pleasant
We did most of the hike in the shade and this was gorgeous. This was another unfamiliar road, Travor Road, which runs mainly N-S through Danby SF in South Danby. Some of the scenery was extremely good, and there was a little breeze blowing, the birds were singing merrily, and a mix of sweet pine-needle smell and something else sweet hung in the air — extraordinarily nice!
One car passed during the whole two hours — I always enjoy the flurry of excitement.
In the middle of the forest we came to an open area along the road where people evidently gather to shoot — we picked up a number of spent rifle casings, some of them seemingly large, though I actually have no idea how big they are or how far they might carry — this was a first in 12 years of hiking and it was fun for a few minutes.
Official head count: 13 H + Yoda
I love to get out of the car and look out over a country road I’ve never walked before — it really exerts a bit of a pull on me — I like to imagine a life of tramping the countryside and having adventures like I used to read about with relish as a boy ….
I’ll need to choose road walks for the hot months that don’t expose us to heat exhaustion, but I think we can keep on finding great ones this summer.
Saturday May 28
Doll Hill, Connecticut Hill WMA, followed by a get-together at Dave and Joanna’s
Official head count: 20(22)H, five D — hiker #21 was seen driving the wrong way near the trail head; he turned around but then took a wrong turn and couldn’t find us; hiker #22 arrived late, met us as we were getting back to the cars
In Jack V’s online photos you can see a fawn — there’s no real reference to judge its size — it was actually about as big as a very small thin cat
Sunday May 29
Kennedy SF, Virgil
Official head count: 22H, four D
It started to thunder about halfway through the hike — got extremely dark after a while — started to rain just before we finished — began to pour a few minutes after we drove away