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SPA Park Hike ~ Jan 16, 2014

Journal entry by Lenore Reber for Tom Gibbs



Thirty-two Crooked Canes enjoyed two lovely treats at SPA Park: celebrating Chuck Bennett's ninetieth birthday and seeing the park decorated with snow. Most of us met at the Warming Hut for a walk in the park. Tom led us through a couple of inches of newly-fallen snow, past the Gideon Putnam Hotel, SPA Little Theater and alongside SPAC. Then we sauntered through the woods to the Spouter, amazed at the huge mound of accumulated red-orange minerals. We walked upstream, pausing to consider the beauty of the snow clad trees and their reflection in the rushing water. After passing another mineral mound, we climbed up the new stairs, and threaded our way up and down the ravines and back to the stream. Lunch was calling, so we headed up along a lively stream in the prettiest ravine in the park and back to the Warming Hut via the Avenue of the Pines. By this time, most of us had removed our microspikes and Tom, proving his expert leadership skills, was leading and sweeping simultaneously! The hikers found a welcoming group of elder Crooked Canes enjoying friendship and lunch in the warmth of the hut. Helping Chuck celebrate were Gert Anderson, Edythe and Chuck's son Dick Bennett, Irv and Eleanor Boyle, Ruth Dibelious, Doris Ludewig, Etta Menges, and Ann and George Yager. After singing Happy Birthday and enjoying treats, Chuck told the story of how he had the privilege of naming the group. All of us are so grateful for that long ago beginning which continues to enrich our lives with friendship, exercise, and the beauty and peace of our natural world. 1/22/14 - Lynn Mayack added 6 photos. 2/12/14 - Wanderer . added 8 photos.

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Saratoga Spa State Park - a Narnia kind of day. - added by Lynn



Photo added by Lynn



Spouter in Geyser Creek - added by Lynn



Diane and Linda walking along the creek. The bridge to SPAC is overhead. - added by Lynn



Geyser creek - added by Lynn



Photo added by Lynn



Prep Time - Joanne loves to have her picture taken(if looks could kill). - added by Wanderer



Group Pic sans Susan but with some snowflakes - added by Wanderer



Group pic sans snowflakes but with Susan - added by Wanderer



Lunch at the warming hut - added by Wanderer



Overflow partygoers - Linda, Joanne, Diane and Kirk - added by Wanderer



Lynn in the middle of her mom and dad - Ann and George Yaeger - added by Wanderer



Birthday Boy Chuck and Tom - added by Wanderer



Happy Birthday Chuck! - added by Wanderer



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