Author Archives: David Kowalski

Laura Secord Trail, part 1 – 2/3/18

ADK hike leader Ken Martin led a few ambitious 12-mile hikes on Ontario’s Bruce Trail last Fall, and recently responded to requests for shorter distances by organizing 3 easier hikes along the historic Laura Secord Trail, a companion side trail … Continue reading

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Franklin Gulf Hike – 1/27/18

Five hardy hikers savored spring-like conditions in late January to explore the scenic ravines and enchanting waterfalls at Franklin Gulf County Park. Located near Eden, Franklin Gulf is one of WNY most notable gems, and offers a refreshing wilderness experience … Continue reading

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ADK Tug Hill Winter Outing – 1/19-21/18

Situated about a half hour north of Syracuse, the Tug Hill area offers reliably abundant snow and a Winter Wonderland for adventurous ADK members to snowshoe and cross-country ski in wooded wilderness settings. The annual ADK Winter Outing is hosted … Continue reading

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XC Ski at Knox Farm Park – 12/30/17

Six hardy ADK’ers braved the cold and windy weather to ski and snow shoe at the beautiful Knox Farm State Park. After the crossing of the open field, the rest of the outing was sheltered from the wind by the … Continue reading

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Zoar Valley Hike – 12/10/17

This was a perfect winter outing! We arrived in Gowanda to gentle snowfall and snow-covered roads. A quiet hush surrounded us as we hiked out to view the gorge from Point Peter and then down the trail to the creek … Continue reading

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Deer Lick Nature Sanctuary – 11/12/17

Our lucky 13 group enjoyed a beautiful crisp Fall day exploring this beautiful National Natural Landmark. This protected sanctuary prohibits hunting, so it was an ideal venue for this time of year. Known for it’s Old Growth Trees, we savored … Continue reading

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Bruce Trail Hike, Part 3 – 11/4/17

Ken Martin led our merry group on Part 3 of a Bruce Trail journey throughout the Niagara Section in Ontario. Eight of us began our 20 km hike near the gorgeous Balls Falls and finished just east of Grimsby. We … Continue reading

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Niagara Gorge Hike – 10/22/17

A dozen Happy Hikers had perfect sunny Fall weather to descend into the Niagara Gorge for a close encounter with the  mighty Niagara River. We hiked along the wild water from Whirlpool to Devil’s Hole State Parks, viewing the gigantic … Continue reading

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Bruce Trail Hike, Part 2 – 9/30/17

Seasoned ADK Hiker, Ken Martin led a second 12‐mile hike within the scenic Niagara Section of Ontario’s stellar Bruce Trail. Our jolly group began at Decew Falls near Brock University and finished near Ball’s Falls in Jordan.     This … Continue reading

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Bruce Trail Hike, Part 1 – 9/9/17

Ken Martin led an enthusiastic ADK group from the Southern Terminus of the Bruce Trail to the Welland Canal. We had perfect sunny Fall weather for this 12-mile/20 km hike. We savored awesome escarpment views, copious Fall wildflower blooms, and … Continue reading

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