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Boughton Park Hike and Kayak – Sunday, August 24, 4:00PM

Boughton Park, located in Bloomfield, has a series of trails around two ponds which used to be the water supply for Fairport. This week, we will explore the park by land and by water.  We will meet at the park entrance on Stirnie Road (42.9377340, -77.4417838).

Kayakers should arrive at 3:45 to allow time to unload boats and carry them to the dock.  Mark will lead the kayakers on the West Pond.  Kayakers interested in exploring the West Pond will head south to check on the pond inlet.  Keep your eyes open for the rope swing on the east side of the pond.  If you are willing to do a short portage, we will head across the pond to the east dock and carry our kayaks about a quarter mile to the East Pond.  We will explore the east pond and then return to the first pond.

Meanwhile, Linda will lead the hikers south around the West Pond.  When they reach the Pond overflow at the north end of the pond, they will cross to the East Pond and circle the second pond, returning to the start point.

Following the hike, we will have a picnic social at the pavilion at the Stirnie Rd parking area.  Bring a dish to pass and your own beverage (park rules prohibit alcohol and any glass containers – please follow the rules).

A self-directed car pool will meet at the Hemlock Lake Park at the north end of Hemlock Lake at 3:00 to leave promptly at 3:15 for Boughton Park.

From Springwater: Follow Rt 15A North to Lima.  Turn right onto Rt 5 & 20 for 7.5 miles.  Turn left onto Cannan Rd.  Continue across Rt 64 onto Bennett Rd.  After 0.5 miles turn right onto CR 39.  At 0.9 miles CR 39 curves to the right.  Bear left onto Boughton Rd, then an immediate left onto Stirnie Rd. The parking area is 0.8 miles on the right.


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Hike Recap Ontario Pathways

Beautiful biking weather last Sunday. Not bad for hiking either. Mark and Pati took to the trail on foot with the Westies. The rest of us greased up our chains and pumped up our tires(except for Dena) for a leisurely trip down the rail trail from Orleans to Flint. Lots of flora a fauna were viewed along the route. Pam pointed out Tansy, a flowering plant sown by farmers to keep away flies.

On the Rail Trail 8/17/14

Pam plays with railroad spikes

Too bad it did not work on mosquitoes. We were also on the lookout for poison sumac. The trail was lovely and shaded in many areas, with a steep drop to the creek. Fortunately we did not veer off into any of the ravines. The trip south took us just under an hour, but the return trip was much faster. Bikers seemed to get their legs on the return journey. Had we known that, we could have made it all the way to Stanley in the allotted time.

About a mile from the finish we encountered some of our hikers who had arrived late: Katherine, Gene, and Georgia were meandering the trail observing the plants and fending off insects. All returned to the parking area in plenty of time to head out to our social.

Social at the Green Front 8/17/14

Social at the Green Front 8/17/14

Thanks to John, we landed at a perfect spot for hungry hikers, the Green Front, in Canandaigua. Beer was great, several varieties on tap, and food was most delicious, especially the free pizza enjoyed by Melissa and John. Hats off to the crew at the Green Front.

Hope to see you all on the trail next week.

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