hike #44

Malloryville countryside northeast of Freeville  —  with Bob B

Meet-up:  Von Engeln Preserve on W Malloryville Road, west of Fall Creek Road

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This walk takes us up an abandoned railroad right of way along upper Fall Creek  —  complete with two high picturesque wooden trestles —  and then into a beautiful mix of woods and fields.  Some of the land is privately owned, so we do the walk with a local guide, Bob B, Mr Malloryville Bog, who grew up close by and has lived in the neighborhood for many years.  The area is geologically unusual for several reasons I can never retain  —  Bob will be happy to explain the significance to any new hikers.  This is a very attractive walk with lots of variety.  At one point, we have to cross a wide brook by inching along the top of a very high beaver dam  —  once the dam was overtopped by high water and we had to cross the stream by wading through ankle-deep water  —  some hikers balked and turned around —  they managed to find an alternative route, but they lost contact with the main group for quite a while.  This walk also gives us a chance to visit the highly distinctive Malloryville bog, a very odd and interesting place.