February 12 Steege Hill

Despite the discouraging weather forecast, four intrepid hikers made the journey to Big Flats for the Sunday Hike.  Their fortitude was rewarded. What awaited was a winter wonderland of ice coated trees and soft snow which truly enhanced the serenity.

The steward of the preserve, Bob Corneau, met us at the trailhead and hiked with us through the forest. The deep wet snow slowed our pace which allowed for many observations we might have missed on the fast track.  Bob provided much history and many personal stories, having spent countless hours in these acres.  He tuned us in to the pulse of the forest and its wildlife as we pondered about pine species, animal tracks, and “yellow snow”.  His extensive knowledge of the terrain, the trees, and the reptile population made the two and a half hours fly.

Our education continued during a hearty post-hike  feast at the local eatery, Tag’s Tavern.  The food, beer, and conversation provided a pleasant conclusion to our adventure.

If you have the opportunity to visit this unique preserve in any season, you will not be disappointed.  Read about it at fllt.org/preserves/steegehill-preserve  Springwater Trails will definitely be making a return visit.

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