The glorious Fall weather inspired twenty hikers to attend last Sunday’s hike in Letchworth State Park. This section of the FLT was new territory for most of the group. As you can see from their smiling faces, the long and challenging trek left them feeling victorious. The forest was full of color, the trail well maintained. All agreed it was a successful venture. The early start was a good choice as we did not finish until after 4:00.
About half of the group joined the Climbers for a vigorous scramble up and down some serious gullies. There was some consternation when we did not find the park trail leading down to the riverbank for a view of St Helena. However, no one whined about the extra mile down and up a rather steep trail. The scenery did not disappoint. A smaller group of Tourists did the hike in reverse, hoping to meet up with our faithful photographer, Char. They encountered the steeper terrain towards the end of their journey, a true test of their stamina. The Naturalists explored an easier route and one of the FLT’s famous lean-tos.
A huge thank you to volunteer hike leaders Mark and Gene, and to John for the group photo. God bless Pam and Bill, Gene and Georgia for coming to the aid of a fellow hiker.
Several folks convened at Scovill’s Grill after the hike for some much needed refreshments. Despite the shortage of beer, it was an enjoyable meal with some lively conversation.