Franklin Mountain, Upper Edge of the Catskills

By Carol at 7:18 am on Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A hike on Franklin Mountain took us to the home of Rod and Sally, past their beautiful pond, through meadows and a bluestone quarry, to a neighbor’s pond for lunch. The hike was about five miles long and finished with refreshments on the deck, under gray skies.

hikers at pond

Hikers at the pond.

water lilies

Waterlilies.

crossing the meadow

Crossing the meadow.

blue stone quarry

Resting at the blue stone quarry.

pond through the trees

The pond, through the trees, where we stopped for lunch.

blue canoe

Blue canoe.

on the deck

ADKers relax after their scenic 5 mile trek.

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Fabulous Fall Hikes

By Carol at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, October 1, 2008

College Camp pond

Yesterday, we hiked at College Camp, with several other couples, led by Currie and Virginia. They have hiked, skied and snow-shoed through this forest for many years, and led students on searches for botanical specimens. The day was perfect, the slopes gentle. We ended the hike with lunch at a local Greek restaurant.

Hikers at College Camp

Hikers at College Camp

College Camp headquarters

Fall colors at College Camp headquarters.

ski trail at College Camp

Ski trail at College Camp

This morning I went with three friends to Gilbert Lake State Park, where we hiked to Ice Pond, Twin Fawns Pond and Spring Pond.

three friends

Ice Pond

Ice Pond

Twin Fawns Pond

Twin Fawns Pond

red eft

One of several red efts in the trail - they were especially active today.

Spring Pond

Spring Pond

another view of Spring Pond

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