Tuesday Sept 20
Our oldest hiker, Eckhart, turned 85
That’s Eckhart on the left walking on the girder during a hike last May at Monkey Run. About 30 regular hikers showed up at his house Tuesday afternoon for a surprise party organized by his wife Dorothea.
Annie took some photos — here
Wednesday Sept 21
Road walk — Marsh Road and Deputron Hollow Road, Danby
We had a first meeting with yet another new dog who’ll become a regular, ZaZa — extremely sweet and well-behaved
Official head count: 19H, three D
Saturday Sept 24
Finger Lakes National Forest — Potomac Road Campground area trails with Jack V
This is a fantastic walk and I’m going to put in on our Top 12 list.
Official head count: 24H, three D
Sunday Sept 25
YMCA, EcoVillage and Coy Glen trails, West Hill — with Virginia
We actually walked through three separate and distinct areas — two large shady woods, each with its own character, and the big overgrown fields east of Ecovillage — too dark in the woods and I didn’t attempt any photos there.
The trail network is so convoluted and confusing that it’s comical — Virginia lives extremely close by so she’s mastered it over the years — without her we would have immediately gotten hopelessly lost. She plotted out and timed the three loops the day before — another trail guide with excellent pacing — back to the cars in just a few minutes over two hours. The two wooded tracts were extremely parched-looking — big fields looked vibrant and beautiful to me, full of asters and goldenrod and some shrubs starting to turn.
Official head count: 27H, seven D
Regular hikers Jack V and Mark went on a short camping trip in the Adirondacks during the week. You can see Jack V’s photos of this trip here.