Young Member ladies met on a beautiful, clear … and brisk morning for a 3.5 mile ski in East Aurora’s Knox Farm. For such a gorgeous morning we were lucky to have most of the trails to ourselves! We welcomed a new member to the chapter by introducing her to this lovely state park – weaving in and out of the meadow, we reminisced over past adventures and planning new ones! Some parts of the trails had tracks, others we blazed ourselves – conditions were absolutely perfect!
— Submitted by Mary K. Noack
Our group of 9 snow-lovers enjoyed picture perfect winter hiking conditions for our 3-mile trek throughout the nature trails at Beaver Meadow. Snowshoes were ideal for the several inches of fresh snow this southern venue received, and we feasted on the fresh powder and ice that rested on all the trees and bushes in our view. We began on the Jenny Glen Boardwalk, then climbed the Hawk Ridge Trail to the Long Trail, before circling back via Rusty Stove and Kettle Pond trails to our starting point.
We admired several old trees including balsam, spruce, hemlock and black cherry. We savored a solitary white oak tree near the arboretum that retains its unique rounded leaves throughout the winter. The boardwalk bridges, tree canopies, varied snowy terrain, great weather and nice people made for a perfect Saturday outing.
— Submitted by Janet and David Kowalski
The day was cloudy and cold. The snow was perfect and the trails were well groomed. It was worth the cost of the passes, $14 for seniors. Some meet up with us at the Park-N-Ride in Williamsville, and others met at Bryncliff. There was also a Fat Bike Race on the East side of the resort, so we had to stay on the West side, which was fine. One unlucky ADKer, blew out his nearly new ski boots after the first few runs and had to sit in the restaurant until lunch.
Hot chocolate never tasted so good after a few hours of gentle uphill treks and well-deserved downhill runs. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and we agreed that winter in WNY was wonderful when you can spend it like this.
— Submitted by Mary Schraven
A young member hike for the record books. Starting out at the Refuge Welcome Center, we decided to follow the 4 mi. xcountry skiing loop. The majority of this property being wetlands, paired with decent snow coverage after a couple of mid 30 degree days made the first section of our trek rather sloppy. However, after reaching the property’s edge, a substantial berm gave us great conditions and a sense of relief. We followed the tracks of some very interesting Coyotes as our 4 mi. became 7 after a confusing turn, but we made great strides, returning to the cars in record time!
Submitted by Mary K. Noack
A group of hardy ADK members hiked the Niagara Gorge starting from Artpark in Lewiston. I’ve never seen so many fisherman parked in the lot! We began on a bright sunny blue skied day with brisk temps around 20°, though warmed up quick due to a steady incline and several stair climbs. We enjoyed the views of the fast moving water, fisherman bravely perched on protruding rocks, and a clear view of Lake Ontario becoming visible at the highest point near the Power plant.
Submitted by Maureen Rowley
On Sunday October 20th thirteen hikers and two dogs enjoyed a beautiful day on the Conservation Trail in Hunters Creek Park. Many trees were at near peak color and fallen leaves provided a soft cushion to hike on. Numerous bridges made for a dry and pleasant traverse.
I provided some background information on the Conservation Trails’ history and the Foothills Trail Clubs’ maintenance responsibilities.
We were treated to a short discussion of bridge building and repair techniques, by Frank Occhiuto. He has been instrumental in building bridges and maintaining the Conservation Trail, while a member of the Foothills Club.
Submitted by Leslie Salathe
The best ‘Black Friday’ deal was fresh air and exercise. ADK cyclists were not deterred by chilly temperatures and a few flakes as they pedaled from the Clarence Hollow to Akron Falls Park. Bird watching and pleasant conversation made for an enjoyable afternoon ride. Eleven miles were covered on this late-season ride.
— Submitted by Mike Lex
October 5, 2019
Six Adk members met at the Devils Hole parking lot and hiked down the winding rock stairway to the lower gorge. We enjoyed walking along the lower gorge never losing sight of the ever changing roaring rapids under sunny blue skies. We traveled down a couple miles before turning around and proceeding up the whirlpool stairs and along the upper gorge where we were treated to more overlooking views of the mighty Niagara! An enjoyable 5-6 mile hike with a great group!
Submitted by Maureen Rowley
Riders left the Wide Waters Marina with a very favorable tail wind for their trip to Middleport. The breeze made for a quick ride out and made the mid summer temps & humidity bearable. The bicyclists made a pit stop at the Portside Bakery for some tasty treats before returning. The headwind proved challenging but the riders persevered for a great pregame ride.
— Submitted by Mike Lex
Our delightful group of twelve enjoyed sunshine and colorful early Fall foliage for an enjoyable 4-mile hike at Deer Lick Nature Sanctuary. We enjoyed all the special features that this WNY gem offers including maidenhair and sensitive ferns, a spectacular trio of Old Growth tulip trees, and the sublime ravine and cascades at Deer Lick Creek. We navigated a lollipop trail plan, taking the white trail to Bear Point to view South Branch Cattaraugus Creek, then returning on the yellow trail to view the serene cascades and scenic ravine.
The Nature Conservancy, whose motto is “Saving the last Great Places on Earth”, does a fine job maintaining these trails which provide year-round joy for WNY hikers.
— Submitted by David and Janet Kowalski