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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Crystal Hills Branch Day 1

  For the next 5 days, Marie and I will be following orange blazes! orange blaze on tree

We are hiking the Crystal Hills Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail. This is a connection between the Mid-State Trail (which goes from the PA-MD border to the PA-NY border) and the main FLT. Today was almost all road walks, but that doesn't mean they were unpleasant. road walk

It was pretty hilly. The first climb was about two miles of steadily going up. After that it kept rolling. This one was fun since we could see our entire walk on that road- down and up. Casson Road

We took a break in the cool shade of a small cemetery. The oldest grave I could read has a death date of 1821 for Maryette Kelly. You don't find those dates in Michigan! gravestone

Always the hills were rolling away in the distance. new york hills

Just before we got back to the car, on the one little piece that was actual trail, we passed Levi Pond, a beautiful spot. The bridge across a really wet area was unique. It was two picnic tables that had been dragged into the area end to end. It worked great except that it was two picnic tables short of covering the water! Levi Pond

Neat find of the day is a Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly. I had a little trouble IDing it because it's paler than usual, but the book says they are quite variable. It's the most common one. great spangled fritillary

The underwings are a perfect match for the pictures, though. great spangled fritillary

We hiked 10 miles.

Crystal Hills Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail, Pennsylvania and New York. Tompkins Campground to McCarthy Hill State Forest. 10.0 miles

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The Furry Gnome said...

Don't know where you get your energy! The

Sharkbytes said...

Hi Stew- It ran out last night, but I hope I'm recharged now!

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