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Anchor Diamond Park at Hawkwood Preserve ~ Jan 26, 2017

Journal entry by Karen & Leon Barnish



Twenty-four Caners joined Karen and Leon for a first time Cane hike in the Anchor Diamond Park at Hawkwood Preserve, a four mile tour of this historic site.  This new preserve, which is part of the Saratoga Plan, opened officially in October 2016.  The former Hawkwood Estate, a 246-acre property in the Town of Ballston that will be a “forever wild” publically-accessible preserve with trails.  Leon was particulaly impressed that Teddy Roosevelt had come to Hawkwood to fox hunt.  The archeological finds including cement stairs, boulder foundations, brick and boulder fireplaces and old rusted water tanks added into the step back in time we all experienced wondering what life was like in these woods.  The threat of rain did not deter the planners or the hikers, and as we entered the preserve the sunshine broke through the clouds into a beautiful day.  This woods preserve a great deal of old growth trees.  A meandering stream through the preserve flows from the preserve to Ballston Lake, then Round Lake into the Anthony Kill. Located in the center of Town, the entire parcel is located within the Ballston Lake Watershed Overlay District. A tailgating lunch and brownies marked the end of another successful Canes hike.  Thank you to all who hiked with us.

Karen & Leon were joined by Don, Tom, Ray, Jim, Joanne, Jo-Ellen, Diane, Peter & Donna, Jan & Jim, Shelly, Gail, Joy & Mark, Jimmy, Linda F, Jack, Claire & Kirk, Margie, Katie, Linda P, and Liz.

1/28/17 - Jim Israel added 2 photos. 1/30/17 - RayB Bouchard added 7 photos.

2/10/17 - Diane Wisell added 1 photo.

14 photos



Hikers along the stream



Group of 26 out for a day of hiking. What a wonderful group of people. Missing from picture Karen.



And yes, the bridge held up even after 26 hikers stood on it!!!



Three gnarly hikers.



Group - added by Jim



Map - added by Jim



The large sign on the west side of Middleline Rd, near its intersection with Rt. 50, makes it easy to find the parking lot. - added by RayB



A plaque honoring the Schidzick family for making this park possible. - added by RayB



Karen provided us with background information about the Park prior to our departure. - added by RayB



Leon is all set to lead our motley crew down the trail. - added by RayB



Linda and Joy listening to Karen's informative introduction. - added by RayB



The unique trail markers found throughout the Park make it all but impossible to get lost. They are color coded to match the trail map (see Jim's photo). - added by RayB



This picture, taken 1/30/17, is for those of you that believe Robins are the true harbingers of Spring. I wonder, will Punxsutawney Phil concur on Thursday? If truth be told, this bully is protecting his/her cache of mealworms from the likes of the Bluebirds, Chickadees, and Tufted Titmice. - added by RayB



There's always sunshine when you're with the Crooked Canes. - added by Diane



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