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Haystack Mountain Hike ~ Oct 30, 2014

Journal entry by Diane and Kurt



Haystack and a great turnout of Crooked Canes once again provided a delightful day afield once we all found our way, by various routes, to the trail head. As has been the norm for a week, we were treated to great views made even better by ever changing clouds that accompany unsettled weather. Some of the first to reach the summit were treated to a very close fly-by of a vintage World War 2 military aircraft flying below the top of the mountain and the unique perspective of looking down at it while standing on the ground.

As is often true, the information from a web site and what one finds on the ground varies a little. Advertised as about 4 miles with a 500' elevation change, this hike was actually 3.6 miles with an 880' elevation change AND about 1,200' of vertical ascent due to up and downhill going in and on the return.

The potential traffic slow down due to construction in Fort Ann was not bad at all on the way to Vermont and only a little worse on the way home. The positive side was that we could read the bronze plaque just north of town, located in a place where stopping to look under normal conditions is not a very good idea. We've been curious about the plaque for years but never stopped because of traffic or because we forgot to look!

Diane and Kurt say "THANKS FOR JOINING US!" to Jan, Jim, Ray, Jo Ellen, Pat, Mike, Katie, Ray, Claire, Kirk, Don, Tom, Linda, Peter, Fran, Liz, Barbara, Margie, Lynn and Kendra.

11/1/14 - RayH Henrikson added 5 photos.

11/2/14 - Ray B. Bouchard added 13 photos.

11/3/14 - Wanderer . added 14 photos.

40 photos



At the summit.



Mike enjoying the views.



A scary Halloween Monster makes its annual appearance! A good time to segue into the geology, fungi and history sections.



Erratic-like in appearance, this is not one of those, but a chunk of ledge from an adjacent cliff that got a good roll.



Close up of moss between layers of the rock in the preceeding photo.



Pretty fungi on a log that has three different species growing on it.



Haystack, viewed from Waite Hill Road.



The plaque in Fort Ann. Note variations in the spelling of Ann or Anne, on the plaque. BATTLE HILL; AT THIS SITE WAS FOUGHT THE BATTLE OF FORT ANNE, JULY 8 - 1777; HERE BURGOYNE WAS FIRST CHECKED IN HIS VICTORIOUS MARCH BY A FIERCE ALL DAY BATTLE WITH THE AMERICANS WHICH DELAYED THE BRITISH AND MADE POSSIBLE THEIR DEFEAT AT SARATOGA; THIS TABLET ERECTED BY THE STATE OF NEW YORK AND THE TOWN OF FORT ANN 1927



A Vermont scene, at the trail head. - added by RayH



A Buddhist monk encountered on the top of Haystack. - added by RayH



View from the lunch spot. - added by RayH



Another Vermont scene. Just a bit of Haystack on the exrtreme right. - added by RayH



A view from the top of Haystack Mountain. - added by RayH



Waiting for everyone to gather their gear so we can head up the road to the trailhead. - added by RayB.



We had barely begun the hike when a local farmer passed us as he was returning from bringing hay to his cattle. - added by RayB.



His cows were quite content after having just been fed. - added by RayB.



Photo added by RayB.



It takes a lot of hay to get you through the winter. - added by RayB.



An indication that we are entering Nature Conservancy property. - added by RayB.



The sign represents the point where we leave the local farm road and start hiking on a trail that's maintained by the Nature Conservancy. - added by RayB.



The remaining pictures are a series of pastoral scenes. All but one was taken from the open summit of Haystack Mt., which provided a 360 degree view of the surrounding country side. - added by RayB.



Photo added by RayB.



Photo added by RayB.



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Photo added by RayB.



The final picture was taken, fittingly enough, from the side of the road as we were leaving for home. - added by RayB.



Playtime! - added by Wanderer



Crowded trail - added by Wanderer



Break time - added by Wanderer



Pat in the lead - added by Wanderer



Look! Look! - down in the sky .... - added by Wanderer



Tom brings the sun - added by Wanderer



Great lunch spot - added by Wanderer



Granville and west - added by Wanderer



Just what is Kurt saying to Fran? - added by Wanderer



Two new hiking buddies - Linda and Don - added by Wanderer



Fran and Diane - added by Wanderer



Ray H - added by Wanderer



Follow-up on the monk – I had the chance to visit with the Tibetan monk who we met on the top of Haystack. His name is Ray’indi (Tibetan for “great map maker”) and he is traveling the US with his yak – “Yakety” – trading yak milk for room and board. He is searching for his identical twin, separated at birth, and believes he is very close to finding him. His search is narrowing – believing that his long lost brother is a retired chemistry teacher from a school in northern NY. If anyone has seen anyone resembling Ray’indi please let me know and I will contact him. - added by Wanderer



Ray'indi gathering hay for "Yakety" his yak - added by Wanderer



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