Kim Newland treated us to a fantastic afternoon hike in one of Western NY’s little-known wilderness gems. Eight hikers enjoyed serene woods filled with spring wildflowers including several patches of spectacular Pink Lady’s Slippers (aka Moccasin Flowers). After hiking along the ravine rim, we descended for a creek walk, savoring several refreshing small waterfalls. It was a delightful Sunday afternoon hike!
ADK members celebrated 2016 Earth Day weekend on Saturday, April 23 by participating in a cleanup of Unity Island in Buffalo. Members joined forces with volunteers from Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper on a beautiful, sunny day to comb the island’s Niagara River shoreline for debris, removing a total of 19 bagfuls of paper, plastic, bottles and cans, fishing line, and even a pair of old dress shoes (size 10). The enthusiastic ADK clean-up team included Teresa and Pete Corrigan, Nancy Hanavan, Mike Weimer, Janet and David Kowalski, and Lee Clukey
Feb. 13th, the coldest day this winter had 6 crazy people, a combination of ADK’ers and Buffalo Nordic members brave the sub-zero temps and XC Ski out at Elma Meadows. Originally, the plan was Bryncliff, but even with the lake-effect snows of Friday, the 12th, there wasn’t good enough conditions to justify the drive and the fees for Byrncliff. We were the only ones on the trail but the employees lit the fireplace and opened the snack bar for us! While not very fashionably dressed, the face mask and goggles really worked well! Hand warmers also came in handy. Submitted by Mary Schraven
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On January 17 our enthusiastic group enjoyed Cheryl’s classic Figure 8 snowshoe hike on the beautiful snow-covered Erie County Forestry Trail near Sardinia. After over 3 miles of gentle hills, majestic tall trees and scenic flowing streams we finished our outing with a fun lunch gathering in the rustic sugar shack. Submitted by Janet Kowalski
Seven hikers enjoyed exploring Franklin Gulf, Erie County park in Eden on November 8th. It was a beautiful fall day, with temperatures above normal for November, but perfect for hiking. Most of the trees were bare, which allowed for the sun to filter through the forest. The water level was low in the creek ,so a portion of the hike included walking in the creek bed. Here we enjoyed seeing the layered shale cliffs, crystal clear water pools, and shale ledges filled with oak leaves and acorns. Thanks to all who attended this hike. Submitted by Kim Newlands
On a bright November Sunday morning 15 of us met at the “Discovery Center in Niagara Falls State Park.” We were a mix of ADKers, Sierrans and students. Our leader Jay Wopperer was dressed in a tiger costume; there was a gorilla, a dinosaur and a little bear in the group. Several carried signs calling attention to the Paris Summit and calling for the end of fossil fuels. We had pamphlets to distribute with the same message.
We walked under the Rainbow bridge to Prospect point passing the amazing falls view where Father Hennepin got his first glimpse of this wonder and then moved on to Prospect Point where we were marveled at by tourists. They took pictures of us in our costumes and so did we. Along with the photography, we tried to get across our concerns about the Planet. We went on to Luna and then Goat Island where a magnificent Rainbow paralleled the arch of the Rainbow Bridge for us. We then reversed our tracks.
It was a beautiful day, we had a great time and maybe we did some good.
The hike was an ADK contribution to the “Rise up for Climate Change” campaign organized by Sierra Club Niagara Group. Submitted by Larry Beahan
Bob Ensminger led a paddle on Oak Orchard and sent in this picture. Doesn’t it look lovely and peaceful?
David and Wendy Bray were wonderful leaders for our scenic hike in the Deer Lick Conservation Area, owned by The Nature Conservancy. Fall colors, old growth trees and deep gorges provided spectacular views. Good company, great weather and a natural spring added to the enjoyment of this delightful outing. Submitted by Janet Kowalski
It may have been past peak leaf season but the woods behind Ellicottville were still remarkably full of color. Many ooo’s and ahhhh’s were heard as our group meandered along the trail. Though it had been sprinking on the drive down the rain had stopped on time for our hike. Even though the trail footing was rocky and uneven, the beautiful scenery was worth the discomfort.
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About 3.5 miles into the hike we came upon the remarkable rock formations of Little Rock City and plant life clinging to them for life. We took the Finger Lakes Trail through the prettiest sections of this “city” before turning back to our true trail and continuing on. Further on we had a good sighting of the tornado area which had been blasted flat about 5 years ago. Altogether it was a wonderful time in the woods with an interesting group of hikers. Submitted by Cheryl Peluso
Experienced hiker Kim Newland led a delightful and informative Fall outing throughout Griffis Sculpture Park, an area she knows well from her childhood. We hiked about 4 miles with several hundred feet of elevation change among the eclectic art displays including creatures, a maze, nudes and a climbable castle. Our congenial group thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and culture at the tail end of the colorful Fall hiking season. Submitted by Janet Kowalski