Author Archives: David Kowalski

HIKE – Niagara Gorge from Devil’s Hole State Park – 3/24/19

Mild spring temperatures and sunny personalities provided for a wonderful hike along the mighty Niagara River. We descended the newly refurbished stone steps at Devil’s Hole State Park and hiked along the river past the giant ‘Rock of Ages’ boulder, … Continue reading

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Micro-Spike HIKE – Hunters Creek Conservation Park – 3/2/19

Hunters Creek Park is on undeveloped Erie County  land and is designated as a “Conservation Park” to be used for nature appreciation and outdoor recreation. On the day of our hike, trails were covered with compacted snow with some icy … Continue reading

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Micro-Spike HIKE – Erie County Forest – 2/16/19

Conditions were ideal for our winter trek on the beautiful wooded trails in Erie County Forest near East Concord. Following some warm, wet weather, temperatures dropped and fresh powder on the crusty base provided perfect trail conditions for our micro-spike … Continue reading

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Micro-Spike HIKE – Sprague Brook Park – 2/10/19

Our group led by experienced leader Kim Newland opted for a micro-spike hike since there was not enough snow for Nordic skiing and it was icey. This turned out to be a wonderful option, and we thoroughly enjoyed the scenic, … Continue reading

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SS/HIKE – Grand Island – 2/9/19

Four ADK members gathered in Grand Island at Tom Burkman’s house for a winter hike on February 9. After a breakfast of eggs, bacon, fresh fruit salad, and tasty sweet rolls, the group braved temperatures in the low teens walking … Continue reading

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XC SKI – Elma Meadows – 2/3/19

Bluebird skies and warm temps provided a beautiful morning of Spring-like skiing at the lovely Elma Meadows Park. This county-run facility offers well-groomed Nordic trails in addition to comfy amenities in their cozy clubhouse. After a week of crazy winter … Continue reading

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ADK Allegany State Park Weekend – 1/18-20/19

Wonderful snowfall, great people, amazing potluck dinner and renewed friendships made for another truly memorable annual weekend for ADK-NFC in Allegany State Park. Led by Joanne and David Magavern, who celebrated their 20th years of when they first met, AND … Continue reading

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FAMILY HIKE – Deer Lick Conservation Area – 1/6/19

After the holidays, this winter hike was enjoyed by 11 hikers braving the brisk 35 degrees at the beginning of this Deer Lick/Zoar Valley hike.  The sun periodically made an appearance to help warm us up throughout the hike. The … Continue reading

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HIKE – Royalton Ravine – 12/9/18

It was a stunning day with bright blue skies and crisp temperatures. The snow covered woods gave us the perfect environment to enjoy the waterfalls, trees, chirping birds, and our ADK friends. We tromped around the trails, then wandered through … Continue reading

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HIKE – Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve – 12/8/18

Bluebird skies and 30 degree temperatures provided ideal conditions for our 4-mile hike on snow-covered trails at this urban oasis, just minutes from hectic city life. Two new faces who recently joined ADK were part of our group. We circumnavigated … Continue reading

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