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Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob ~ Nov 15, 2015

Journal entry by Fran Herve



What a difference three days make! Hiking in the rain on Thursday was out of the question so I decided on the day with promises of bright sun even though Sunday is a day usually set aside by many for gatherings with the whole family.

After our usual meeting and regrouping at WCMC we arrived at the parking on Pilot Knob Road and were surprised to discover that it was filled by other Canes. We welcomed newcomers Jack W. and Pat D. (friends of Ray B. and Margie), Gail's daughter Kristen and grandson, signed in 21 hikers at the registry and began the walk up the leaf covered trail following the orange markers through a mixed forest.

We took the right fork of the loop and soon arrived at the gazebo. On this beautiful sunny day we took an early break admiring the awesome views of Lake George and surrounding mountains and related to the few who had never visited the Schumann Preserve how a home built illegally on this location was removed by the authorities and the land acquired by the Lake George Land Conservancy with the help of hundreds of donors in 2000.

We continued on the blue trail and loop to the waterfalls where we found convenient rocks that would serve as seats and with the babbling of the water we enjoyed our lunch and chocolates passed around by Kurt. A few got as close to the falls as possible to take photos without falling in and it was time to retrace our steps back to the gazebo. We arrived perfectly in time to enjoy some banjo music played by two friendly young men. None of us were in a hurry to leave this wonderful preserve and more photos were taken. We returned by the other side of the loop on the orange trail to our cars.

Thank you all for joining me on this wonderful fall day and especially, thank you Don and Ray for helping me lead the way correctly. I had been to the preserve before but never paid attention to the trail........I was probably too busy talking!

11/16/15 - Fran Herve added 4 photos.

11/16/15 - fran herve added 1 photo.

11/18/15 - Diane Wisell added 1 photo.

11/18/15 - RayB Bouchard added 2 photos.

8 photos



The Canes with four new friends on this day (Jack W., Pat D., Kristen and her son.) - added by Fran



Views of Lake George in the back ground. - added by Fran



On the way up to the waterfalls. - added by Fran



Of course I arranged this ......just for you. - added by Fran



Jan, Jim and Diane enjoying a perfect day. - added by fran



Fran with her musicians. She neglected to mention in her photo that they are the famous Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. It was just like being at the Ryman Auditorium! Fran est secrètement un hillbilly modeste! - added by Diane



Eli, getting a hug from grandma (Gail) and an admiring look from Diane. - added by RayB



Pete W. - added by RayB



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