Wednesday July 20
Shindagin Hollow SF — road walk on Shindagin Hollow Road
The most important thing that a road walk on a sunny day in summer needs —
Notice the nice smooth road surface — it’s a real pleasure to be able to walk in a lovely setting without having to stare at your feet the whole time to avoid tripping
We drove down this road last Sunday for the hike to the Shindagin lean-to — noticed several areas of bright red flowers along the edge of the road — bee balm — went over big with the hikers — I’m color blind and I could barely make them out
This grim-looking spot is normally a beautiful swamp that our nature photogs love to get shots of — looks very unappetizing now.
Speaking of unappetizing — part of Shindagin Hollow Road runs right along the edge of a very high sheer drop, and we often can smell a rotten smell as we walk along, probably dead deer — this time the smell was about 4X stronger than I’ve ever smelled before, really dreadful
Official head count: 19H, one D
Both our nature photographers were back on the trail with us:
Saturday July 23
Malloryville hike along Fall Creek with Bob B
Our first hike here — huge success — a number of hikers said I should put this one in our Top 5
The hike was put together by Bob B, who grew up here and lives here now — it included some private property and limited access property, so it’s not a walk the general public can do
Part of the walk took us along an abandoned railroad line running next to Fall Creek — I took this shot from the trestle crossing the creek — Annie has photos showing the trestle support structure, which looks very old fashioned
There are a number of unusual geological features that we saw — too technical for me to remember
Norm walked across the whole length of this fallen tree — he said he wasn’t nervous because the drop was so slight — but I think he could theoretically have fallen onto a sharp stick and done some serious damage
We saw a large and interesting beaver dam and a beautiful pond — Annie got some photos
Much more variety of scenery than normal for us — really fun.
One mishap — one of the dogs, Griffin, got stung — on his penis
Very warm morning but it was extremely pleasant in the woods
Official head count: 25H, seven D
You can see Annie’s photos online here.
Sunday July 24
So Danby Road east to the Tamarack Lean-to on the FLT
Official head count: 19H, two D
You can see Annie’s online photos here.