I did another section of the North Country Trail, this time in Hoxie Gorge State Forest near Cortland, NY. It was the beginning of September, so still warm out but the feeling of fall nearing. This section of trail comes out onto Underwood Hill with great views of Central New York.
Today I went for a hike in southern Onondaga County, NY between Labrador Pond (with Labrador Mountain in the distance) and Spruce Pond in Morgan Hill State Forest. This trail is part of the Finger Lakes Trail in Central New York, which is also part of the North Country National Scenic Trail. I come to this area of CNY frequently to hike various sections, I have always loved the farms along the rolling hills and small mountains.
For the 4th of July weekend I was in Upstate, NY and headed to the Adirondack Mountains. I hiked up Bald Mountain and Rocky Mountain, both part of the lower peaks located between Old Forge and Inlet. Both summits overlook Third and Fourth Lakes, part of the Fulton Chain of Lakes, on one side and the Moose River Plains on the other side. The Adirondacks are one of my favorite places, I love the way the mountains feel so old (because they are!), and the forests so dense. Unfortunately it was a cloudy day, but still got some great shots.
Last week I was shooting in Charleston, WV for work, but had some time to wander around, enjoy the spring weather and go on a couple short hikes. I drove down the Route 60 National Scenic Midland Trail that follows the Kanawha River up to Hawk’s Nest State Park, and ventured into both Coonskin Park and Little Creek Park in Charleston. My favorite thing about West Virginia is how the mountains and rivers are part of the people and really are a way of life.
They don’t say Ithaca is Gorges for nothing. Much of New York State’s landscape was carved by receding glaciers forming long, narrow lakes, rivers and accompanying gorges made of limestone, sandstone, and the hotly debated Marcellus Shale. Over the last year I’ve visited a few different state parks featuring some of these unique gorges: Letchworth State Park, which is considered the “Grand Canyon of the East;” Thacher State Park, which is one of the best fossil bearing formations in the country; and Chittenango Falls State Park.
This short film was released a few weeks ago by the Central Westcoast Forest Society in British Columbia. It documents their work in stream ecology and restoration on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The visuals are stunning and the insights from the scientists combined with the native perspectives make for a really great narrative.