Today's hike met in the Lodge's lobby like every other day. Today we had 33 walkers and 2 dogs. The weather was FANTASTIC!!!. Sunny and bright. Started out a little chilly, but by the end of the walk it was very pleasant. The Tow Path that we walked on was frozen most of the way going towards split rock (1/2 way) and towards the end it was starting to get sloppy and muddy.
|This chart (located in Utica) tells you the distances along the canal.|
|There is also a map of the canal there.|
|We were quite the stream of walkers today.|
|This sign is pretty early on. We only walked to Split Rock and back. All the way to LaSalle is 4.3.|
|We actually saw many eagles today. This one let us get pretty close.|
|We're getting there 1 mile down and 1.2 to go. Then we have to walk back.|
|We are at the Pecumsaugan Creek, this is looking to the North|
|Looking south, Pecumsaugan Creek|
|Old railroad tunnel through the sandstone|
|Mile marker. We just turned around, heading back to Utica|
|We were very spread out today. Some brought there yak tracks and some just slid around.|
Today wasn't a very flashy hike, but it was nice having a larger group. It gave us time to catch up with some of the hikers we haven't seen in awhile. Wildlife we saw today was Eagles. I think I saw a few Pelicans. I'm sure I did. Some others on the hike said no that they were just seagulls. Well Arnie (a fellow hiker) saw a flock of pelicans off the Veranda while having lunch at the Lodge after the walk. I'm pretty sure the birds I saw were the scouts for the Squadron, pod or scoop. (these 3 are other names for a group of pelicans).
I will leave you with this: Wherever you may hike or walk, just put one foot in front of the other. It's all about the experience not the destination.