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New Island - September 10, 2019

Report by Tracy Verma - On September 10, 23 people, some new, attended our hike on New Island Trail in Oneonta. It is not a new island. Rather, it is named after John New, an avid local environmentalist long before the environmental movement began. His daughter had hoped to attend. Hopefully next time. The trail-head starts at the kiosk with the trail map, in Catella Park.

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SUNY College Camp – September 3, 2019

Report by Currie Marr -On a sunny fall-like day, 26 people came to College Camp for a 2.7 mile hike. The hike started on the Blue Trail with a climb to a patch of grass with a bench. From this point we looped back following a trail with purple-markers. The trail was in good condition and well-marked. Along the way we went through hardwoods, pine plantations, and meadows.

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Palmer Hill, Andes, NY - August 27, 2019

Report by Glenda Bolton - There's nothing like a beautiful late summer hike and 19 ADK members did just that, on August 27th. We visited Palmer Hill, a new hike for ADK, located just outside the village of Andes. We hiked both the Upper and Lower Meadows Trails for an invigorating 3.7 mile hike. Each trail took us through lovely wildflower meadows that offered wide open views of the surrounding mountains.

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Jefferson Woodland Hike – August 13, 2019

Trip Report by Betsy Cunningham - On a drizzly day in August, seventeen ADK members traveled to Jefferson for a woodland walk. We began on a car-less country road lined with ferns, birches and wild flowers. Paths through an adjoining field were covered with wild thyme and filled with milkweed and fruit trees. As we walked the fragrance of thyme filled the air. Our hike ended in a pine forest which is the home of the Cunningham tree house. Being in the tree tops promoted appreciation of the beauty of our area.

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Homer Folk State Forest – August 20, 2019

Report by Jim and Carolyn Austin - Twenty-three adults and five children hiked the Goat Trail Loop at Homer Folks State Forest on Tuesday, August 20. The 3.5 miles consisted of various types of trails and scenery. We traipsed through open areas and then into the woods where we often had to step over rocks and roots. At times, ferns provided the ground cover.

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Goodyear Lake Hike – July 30, 2019

Report by Linda Pearce - Even though it was a very hot summer day, twenty-nine people came out to walk at Goodyear Lake. While two walkers did the shorter walk on the lake roads, the rest of us did a 3-mile hike from our house to the Collier's Dam. Along Silliman Cove Rd. we encountered a couple of cute, fluffy chickens hiding in the grass.

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Greenway Walk - July 2, 2019

Photos by Betsy O’Brien - - Jann Ewen led this walk on the Greenway trail in the town of Oneonta, NY. Plants photographed in the first row are “Shinleaf” (Pyrola elliptica), “Canada Lilly,”and in the second row”Angelica,” “Water-Parsnip.” Click on photos to enlarge.

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Fetterley Forest – July, 23, 2019

Report by Ruth Schaeffer - Our hike on Tues., July 23 was at Fetterley Forest, Richfield Springs. This is an Otsego Land Trust property above Canadarago Lake. There were 20 hikers ready to learn about ferns and local, native plants from Connie Tedesco, a botanist who identified ferns and wildflowers. We were hoping to identify 10 ferns and after the hike, we had found 13 species.

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Wilber Park Hike – July 16, 2019

Report by Bob and Julie - ADK Hikers 19 Ticks 0! The narrow and well-used red and blue trails took us into a woodland much like the Adirondacks. Mixed hardwoods and conifers sheltered healthy growths of ferns. We are so fortunate to have this gem in the heart of Oneonta. Photos by Betsy O'Brien Click on photos to enlarge.

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Thacher State Park Hike – June 25, 2019

Report by Lucille Wiggin The June 25th hike to Thacher State Park was a success for the nine people who braved the showery weather report and drove the hour and quarter N. E. to Voorheesville, township. The Indian Ladder trail below the cliff was closed for maintenance until July 4th or so. Therefore, we did a 1 &1/2 mi. walk out and back for 3 mi. round trip along the rail fence in the park and were delighted to learn of other parking lots, picnic areas and rest rooms previously unknown. We did catch a couple of sprinkles and a 5-10 min.

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