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Tuesday on Pilot Knob ~ Jan 15, 2013

Journal entry by Lenore Reber



Joanne, Donna Wood, and Lenore decided Pilot Knob might have the best snow/ice conditions so off we went. Were we surprised to find very sparse snow and ice as we climbed to the gazebo. After admiring the view, giving a wave to distant friends skiing Gore, and soaking up the sun's rays, we continued on to the top of the waterfall. The creek, edged in ice, gurgled loudly while we ate our lunch perched on a sunny rock outcropping. Enjoying the open woods and each other's company, we missed the right hand bend that leads to the base of the falls and the blue trail return to the gazebo. We did find, on the left, a small stream and an imposing rock wall capped by small hemlocks backed by blue sky. By the time we acknowledged our mistake we were already far down the mountain, so we continued on the old logging roads and deer trails, always bearing right and down. We enjoyed our adventure, walking through open, grass carpeted woods, needle carpeted hemlock glades and occasional views of Lake George. We did wonder what a GPS would show as we used Conservancy border signs to guide us and also found a deep red, foot-shaped fungus for Ray, but none of us had a camera! We came out on the road less than 1/4 mile from the parking lot and met a couple from Rutland hiking Pilot Knob for the first time. But no matter how many times or ways, it is a lovely hike, especially on a warm, sunny January day with friends.

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