Susquehannock 2018


Our favorite trail to ski is the Ridge Trail, approximated on the map with the blue line, a little over 6.5 miles. It starts at the Ranger Station and ends at the Susquehannock Lodge. This year, the snow conditions were not good to take that trail. Ice beneath a thin layer of snow gave the ski poles no purchase. As my friend put it, we could have endured the trail, but we would not have enjoyed it.

Luckily, we ran into some “regulars” – trail users who knew alternatives. They suggested that we take the logging road instead. It was wide and groomed and the snow was perfect. It is pictured in the map with an orange line. We skied out and back for a total of about 5.5 miles.


My friend Sue on the Logging Trail.


Lamont and Martha


Me and My Shadow

It was a champagne day on the trails. Just delightful! We enjoyed it!

Winter Walk

Well, sort of winter. Forty degrees. The ground under foot was mushy under the melting snow. The creek that was probably frozen a couple of days ago was clear of ice today.

American Beech

Eastern Hemlock

Oak (and other leaves if you look closely)

Black Cherry

Yellow Birch


White Pine

Nice walk with wonderful company.

January 8, 2017

Why do we wake up some days in lethargy with little interest in or desire for the day’s unfolding? That was me this morning. And then the light began to reveal a perfect winter day fresh with powder. I knew I didn’t have the energy for a full day of hiking. I also knew I would regret it if I didn’t get out there.


Just under 1.5 miles with elevation change of around 100 feet, it was a good length and it refreshed my soul. We were only “lost” for a short distance. We’ve walked this trail dozens of times and know it well. Conversation and playing with the dog got us slightly offtrack.


Snowshoes were a must. In some spots the powder was quite deep. The return trip was by road without snowshoes.

1.4 miles
+ another 1 mile loop with Lolli after supper.


New Year’s Day 2017

Terry says my jaw dropped when he turned onto the unplowed Holt Run Road. “The road less traveled is seldom plowed,” he said. New snow tires and 4-wheel drive got us to the trail head – and back out again after the hike.

Last time we came out this way, we found the foundation of a building which we later learned had been a school / orphanage. We wanted to find it again, this time with a camera. I had forgotten to load the waypoints into the GPS, but we remembered the general area and found it.

The most perplexing thing to me is a vine that grows all over the area. Just about all the new growth coming up on the forest floor is this plant, and just about every tree near these old foundations is covered with the stuff.

I will HAVE to go back in spring to see what it looks like when it’s in bloom… if it blooms.

3.7 miles

Lunch in Pennsylvania

I planned a 6.25 mile hike.  Of course we didn’t do the whole thing.  At our less-than-one-mile-per-hour speed (you gotta stop for coffee, and lunch, and pictures…) and given our desire to end the day with a beer at a favorite watering hole, we turned back before the planned half-way point.  Still, it was a beautiful hike on a beautiful day.

DSC00965 bright sunny day

There’s a Wolf Run Road in Allegany State Park, and another in Pennsylvania south of the Park. The goal was to walk the length of one until we got to the other. Inside the park, Wolf Run Road is pretty wide open until it meets with the North Country Trail intersection. Then it becomes less well-kept – wide with meandering run-off in some parts as pictured above, narrow and overgrown with the remnants of ditches in other parts:

DSC00973 Wolf Run Road//

We knew we had reached the NY-PA state line when we found a stone marker.

DSC00961 Stone Marker - PA Side

The photo above is of the south side of the marker. You can see the “PA” engraved into it pretty well. The engraving of NY was much more worn on the north side of the marker:

DSC00959 Stone Marker NY side

There were also signs indicating the boundary of the State Park:

DSC00963 Park Boundary Sign

There was plenty to catch my eye on this beautiful nearly-spring day:



DSC00988 Dogwood Branches

And finally… everytime I walk this trail, I cannot resist photographing this tree:


I don’t know what kind of tree it is… I’ll try to remember to pay attention to the leaves… if I ever hike here when there ARE leaves!

There were footprints of many kinds: deer, squirrel, mouse, chipmunk, vole or mole, coyote, fisher, grouse… for a change, I didn’t photograph any of them. hahahahah

France Brook Road

It was a gray and rainy day, but we never let that stop us from a nice hike!  I took the opportunity to shoot a bunch of photos some of which might end up as my Assignment #2 for the photography class I’m taking at Jamestown Community College.

In winter, France Brook Road in Allegany State Park is closed to car/truck traffic and groomed for snowmobiles. We have learned that snowmobilers tend to sleep in and come out in the afternoon. So we had France Brook Road to ourselves most of the time. Toward the end of our walk, we waved at quite a few people on “sleds.”

It was a gray and rainy day. But I managed to find some color. Loved the aqua-colored lichen/moss/fungi? on the Red Pine behind this Beech, still clinging to leaves.

These Goldenrod were swaying in the breeze and the rain was thicker – almost snow!

I don’t know what species this tree is, but isn’t the green spectacular?

This bridge is closest to ASP2. The guardrail was covered with lichens.

I just loved the combination of colors and textures with this small Maple growing right up next to a Red Pine.

We discovered TWO trails that we didn’t know exist. We’ll be going back to see where they go! I suspect they are horse trails that go to one or the other of the Group Camps.

The color of the Willow was spectacular against the darker background. I love the layering of the hills.

This picture didn’t come out very sharp, but I like it anyway.

The branches of the Yellow Birch are so delicate against the sky. The little catkins add a nice touch.