The only bad thing about a day like today is knowing how to dress. Highs predicted to be in the upper thirties with the “real feel” the same. When in doubt – go with layers. I picked well. The extra layers I carried in my pack were never needed. Go me.
We had to pick a section of the park north of France Brook Road to avoid the hunters. The Park used to always be “no hunting” on Sundays. This year, though, hunting IS allowed on the Quaker side, south of France Brook.
We parked at a new (or at least new to me) marker commemorating the location of the first capture and release program of turkeys in the park.
According to the plaque, this is the site of the first trap and transfer program. The sign reads, “Allegany State Park – Founding site for the N.Y.S. Conservation Dept. Wild Turkey Transfer Program. Birds trapped at this site helped reintroduce the Eastern Wild Turkey to the northeastern U.S. & southeastern Canada. 1959.”
We walked France Brook to the Horse/”Jeep” trail, then headed uphill. After getting tired of walking roads, we headed toward the sound of a gurgling creek and followed that all the way down to Horse Trail 11 up above Camps 10 and 12, then followed it to Camp 12, and roads back to the truck.
There was no snow down at France Brook. But as we climbed, the hills were covered. Saw lots of colorful fungi, as well as some deer and coyote tracks. But my favorite was the bear:
The walk was about 5 and 1/2 miles. It was a good day.
And my new thermos worked! Hot soup for lunch.
(No, the color isn’t off. It’s vegetarian borscht!)
P.S. I love the new GPS I bought myself for my birthday last month. It’s fun to turn it on and track my hikes.