Wednesday, May 23, 2018

2 Nature Hikes This Saturday afternoon 5/26/18 3 pm

We'll explore two Finger Lakes Land Trust nature hikes on this afternoon. The first hike is a 1.4 mile, somewhat demanding, loop trail at the foot of Skaneateles Lake initially. You should be in reasonably good condition since there is an elevation change of about 300 feet down; and back UP. We'll follow a cascading brook down with a couple of nice waterfalls. We'll hike at a reasonable pace, stopping frequently to enjoy what we find in nature along the way.
If anyone wants to continue afterward, we can go about a mile up the road and explore the High Vista Preserve. That includes a 1.2 mile hiking trail with an elevation change of about 200 feet, up and down.
Adults only and no dogs. Recommend long pants and sleeves and good, preferably waterproof footwear. Bug spray at your discretion. Bring water since it may be warm that day.
Heavy rain or lightning cancels.
This location is about 35 miles from both Ithaca and Syracuse which is why we are doing two hikes to make it worthwhile to make the trip. We will offer it to both our Ithaca and Syracuse groups.
Need more info? Email me on this network or through my webpage at:
If you are not a part of the two Meetup groups invited, please contact me personally for a reservation since space is limited.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Upcoming Nature Hike - Malloryville Preserve, Malloryville, NY May 20 3-5 pm

Join  with members of the Ithaca Hiking and Nature Study Meetup group for a couple of short "learning"  hikes at the O.D. Von Engeln Preserve at Malloryville
If you don’t know the difference between a marsh, a swamp, a fen or a bog, this short hike will help you learn the differences. And if you don’t know about the glacial terms such as eskers, kames and kettles, this area will educate you on those terms as well.
Although the trails are short, this unique area has some great geological features crammed into a very small preserve. We will only cover about 2 miles of fairly easy terrain but you will learn something at every turn. Adults only and no dogs. Good footwear and long pants are recommended. Bug spray if you are so inclined. Heavy rain or lightning cancels.
Roger Fulton is an outdoor writer of regional Hiking, Biking, Kayaking and Nature Study books. You can contact him through his website at:
Reservations are rquired. It is free but you must request a reservation at

How to get there:
Physical address: 106 W. Malloryville Road, Malloryville, NY (between Cortland and Ithaca)
Directions: From I-81 take Exit 12, Homer/Cortland and follow Route 281 South for 3.2 miles and turn right onto McLean Road. Follow it 6.2 miles and turn right onto W. Malloryville Road. Follow it .5 miles and turn right into the O.D. Von Engeln Preserve parking area.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

New Erie Canalway Biking segment in Western NY

Thank you to my high school friend Joanne for letting us all know about the new construction of this last 2.2 mile segment of the Erie Canalway biking trail. Access the article at:

If you are planning any biking trips on the Erie Canalway Trail you can check out our book at:

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May's Featured Book: Spring Wildflowers

It feels like spring has finally sprung here in NY. And the wildflowers are starting to bloom. Our featured book for this month is our Spring Wildflower book. Although it was written for the Lake George Region, most of the wildflowers it covers bloom throughout New York State. You can check it out on my webpage at:…/lake-george/wildflowers/ Get out & enjoy!