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Blue Ledges Snowshoe ~ Mar 21, 2013

Journal entry by Diane & Kurt Wisell



Rescheduled from January 3rd when the temperature was -17, today's snowshoe to Blue Ledges featured temps in the mid 20's with lots of warm sunshine, lots of fresh snow and hardly a breath of wind. Even the 7 mile, pitchy, curvy Northwoods Club road leading to the trail head was in great shape. The day, the hike and those who came along combined to "ring the bell" for truly memorable winter outing on the second day of spring.

The Blue Ledges trail is a very nice hike. About as long and with the vertical similar to Moxham, the terrain is rolling with ups and downs both in and out. The forest is beautiful featuring a variety of very large, very old trees, most notably yellow birch and pine. The hike culminates with a great view of Blue Ledges and the Hudson River Gorge. An otter may have been watching us eat lunch but did not give us a long or clear enough look to completely confirm its presence.

Diane and I thank the twelve Crooked Canes with whom we were priveleged to share this day, including Clair & Kirk, Joanne, Lenore, Don, Ray B., Jim I., Donna & Peter, Dennis, Gretchen and Margie.


4/5/13 - Ray Bouchard added 12 photos.

12 photos



Diane & Kirk agreed to pose under the snow laden branches for the sake of art. I think Peter was hoping for the inevitable to happen. Now! - added by Ray



Kurt checking his GPS just to be sure we were on the right trail. We were. - added by Ray



Part of our "Lunch Bunch" next to the Hudson River. - added by Ray



A frozen waterfall and more. One of many great views from our lunch spot. - added by Ray



Another view of the semi-frozen Hudson. - added by Ray



A tell tale sign in the snow that a River Otter had previously crossed our path. - added by Ray



Disclaimer- I have only recently started to learn a little about Lichens therefore you are encouraged to read the following with a critical and questioning attitude. The only thing that I am reasonably certain of is that this is a type of Lichen known as Foliose because it consists of sheets of tissue that are not tightly bound to a substrate. Based on my web search I think that it might be Lobaria pulmonaria. If my guess is correct then, like all Lichens, it consists of a fungus (ascomycete in this case) living symbiotically with a green algae. However if it is L. pulmonaria then it is unique in that it also contains a Cyanobacterium (blue-green)in the matrix. Others have posted pictures of an Oak Leaf Lichen but I was unable to find the scientific name via a Google search. It may be the same as the one I cited above or it may be different. Perhaps someone in our group can positively identify it. - added by Ray



Close up #1 of the mysterious lichen. - added by Ray



Close up #2. - added by Ray



A tree that snapped some time ago. By itself it's not much of a picture but it does provide the source of the texture scenes that follow. - added by Ray



Photo added by Ray



Photo added by Ray




No one knows what happened to the pictures that Kurt originally submitted when he posted his trip report. Somehow they were accidentally deleted. At Kurt's request, I have posted a few of the ones that I took that day.
Ray B.

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