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Trip Reports - 2020


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December 16 - Yankee Hill Hike Easy
On the coldest day so far this season, we set out to do the very pleasant Eagle Trail in Fort Johnson. This is a completely level trail that used to be a tow path, running between the Mohawk River and the old Erie Canal. The Mohawk Hudson bike trail was running along beside us also. The hike started at the old Putnam store, which used to be a store supplying people who plied the canal. We masked up and walked 1 and a half miles to the dam and lock at Amsterdam, socially distancing the whole way. We then turned around and walked back to the Putnam store and our cars. The Mohawk River level was very far down, since the dams are out for the winter. An AMC member from NJ signed up, but had to withdraw his registration when he got exposed too COVID.


  Leader: Nancy Crowther  Co-leader: Will Crowther  Participants: Deb Spicer, Diane Allegro, Mary O'Connell






November 18 - Plotterkill Hike Moderate
We met st the popular Plotterkill Preserve. We started out on the planned route which was a loop, planning to cross the stream in the middle. But when we got to the stream the water was too deep to cross safely, so we re-traced our steps back to the cars. The trail was steep in a number of places but not slippery.
Dee Portzer and Nancy Carpenter had planned to hike with us, but the trip at that point was full (more than 10 people). So they went by themselves.


  Leader: Will Crowther  Co-leader: Nancy Crowther  Participants: Diane Allegro, Sharon Bonk, Deb Spicer, Kate Henrickson, Patricia Higgins






October 21 - Schoharie Creek Preserve hike, Moderate
We lucked out on the weather and had a beautiful 74 degree day for our hike. We had two new members with us. All masked and distanced, we started at the Schoharie Creek Preserve in Esperance and did the 1.3 mile loop there. The hilly trail had lots of slippery leaves but none of us fell. We spotted beautiful golden wild asparagus near the river. The waterfalls, although less full than in a non-drought year, were still gorgeous. Afterwards we drove to the nearby Schoharie River Center and did a short hike there down to the river and back. Some of us toured the building where blacksmithing classes are held. We had lunch there.

  Leader: Will Crowther  Co-leader: Nancy Crowther  Participants: Anne Finch, Bob Fakundiny, Dee Portzer, Kendra Pratt, Paul Groenwegen, Nancy Groenwegen

Wild asparagus spotted by the river





September 23 - Thacher Park hike
Nine of us met at Paint Mine parking lot in Thacher Park on a very nice early fall day. We hiked up hill behind the parking lot and back down to the road, crossed, and admired the views of the Helderbergs. We continued on the Escarpment trail, and then down the Indian Ladder trail. Unfortunately the waterfalls were dry except for a couple of trickles. We ended at the Visitor’s Center, which was open, and ate our lunch outside, then back to the cars.

  Leader: Will Crowther  Co-leader: Nancy Crowther  Participants: Peter Bakal, Harry Willis, Sandy Willis, Josey Twombly, Susan McCuen, Janet Angelis, Nancy Carpenter

Overlooking the Helderbergs





August 26 - Christman's Hike
Nine of us met at Christman's Preserve, which is part of The Nature Conservancy. We wore masks and tried to keep 6 feet apart. We had a beautiful day for the hike. Because of the drought we are having the waterfalls were non-existant or a trickle, but we were able to cross the Bozenkill stream easily on rocks and hiked the loop on the other side of the stream.

  Leader: Will Crowther  Co-leader: Nancy Crowther  Participants: Anne Finch, Bob Fakundiny, Harry Willis, Sandy Willis, Gerry Weber, Anneliese Lawson, Dee Portzer






July 30 - Hike at Schenectady County Forest, Easy
We did this hike with masks on and were social distancing the whole time. Covid 19 is still a problem. We did the main loop, and were feeling good at the start of the added Boy Scout Trail, so decided to do that loop also. Anne, an expert on mushrooms, found lots to look at in the damp earth. Dee Portzer had registered for this hike, but could not go at the last minute, so Anne and Bob did it with us the following day.

  Leader: Will Crowther  Co-leader: Nancy Crowther  Participants: Anne Finch, Bob Fakundiny

Social distancing at County Forest





June 26 - Huckleberry Point Hike
Because of the need for social distancing, and the narrow trail, we limited the hike to two hikers plus leader and co-leader, and we did not carpool to the trailhead. We managed to find parking places in the parking lot for all three cars and set off. It was a beautiful day in the woods. However, we missed the turn off to the right, onto the trail that leads to the Hudson overlook. Instead we started up the mountain climb to the left. We had gone about mile before we realized our mistake, and turned around. By the time we got back to the turning point in the trail, we were tired and there were a lot more people to avoid. So we called it a day and went home.

  Leader: Will Crowther  Co-leader: Nancy Crowther  Participants: Kendra Pratt, Kathleen Helfrich

Who was that  masked man





March 7 - Grafton State Park Hike
We traversed a number of trails to complete a 5 mile loop from Mill Pond. (Spruce Bog, Fire Tower Rd, Chet Bell, Long Pond, Long Pond Rd, Cut-Over). The day was sunny, crisp, and very windy. Microspikes were necessary all the way.

  Leader: Sharon Bonk  Participants: Mary MacDonald, Kathleen Helfrich, Bob Armao, Kathryn Danneman






January 28 - Easy snowshoe/ski Schenectady County Forest
A small group snowshoed and skied the main loop in Schenectady County Forest. There were some blowdowns but we went around them. Will was on cross country skis -- there was enough snow. After the hike we went to the leaders' house for soup and bread, where we were joined by two more people.

  Leader: Will Crowther  Participants: Nancy Crowther, Jack Daniels, Bob Fakundiny, Anne Finch

Chowing down after the hike





January 23 - Kinderhook Creek Preserve Hike
We were fortunate to have the Preserve Steward, David Gaskell, join us on a perfect day for a winter hike. David has donated land, designed trails, built trails, maintained trails for the RLT's Kinderhook Preserve. He lead the way as 12 hikers followed; the trails follow the land's contours and we sampled all the trails. We lunched at the merging point of the Tawassatha and kinderhook Creeks before returning to our starting point.

  Leader: Sharon Bonk  Participants: David Gaskell, Dave Cedar, Dave Nagengast, Lynn Nagengast, Sheila Rorke, Dale Blanchett, Doris Bindl, Rebecca Harrison, Mike Boucher, Gary Nelson, Bob_Armao, Rita Cedar

Kinderhook Creek Preserve





January 11 - Glenville Greenway
Instead of skiing along a snow groomed Greenway, two of us hiked an icy path which yet remained a well frozen base while exploring the path's double-track from south to north with just imaginings of fresh snow to complement our easy, enjoyed walk and Winter Fest happenings in Indian Meadows Park as we completed our three and a half mile thru hike.

  Leader: Jean André Laverdure  Participants: David Esmond

Boardwalk earlier in december!!






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