About Mark

President of Springwater Trails, Inc

Annual All Western Mushroom Foray

On Sunday (9/16/2018), we enjoyed the fifth Mushroom hike on the All Western Evergreen Nursery & Christmas Tree Farm on Liberty Pole Road.  Thanks to Tony for the pictures. 

Twenty-four people enjoyed collecting mushrooms.  Even though the weather was warm and sunny, we were surprised at the number of mushrooms found. The Tree Farm has many trees that are native to the western US, so we are always on the lookout for unusual mushrooms. 

I was able to give a tour on the Utility vehicle to those that needed a ride.  Participants were issued paper bags for collections and Georgia helped identifying the found mushrooms. 

At the social afterwards we all had a wonderful spread of pot luck food.  Linda made a mushroom cake that went over extremely well.  

It’s a girl

Esme Ava Xiaojun Lee
7lb 1oz
19 inches

As of 8:50 Thursday, September 13, 2018, Linda and I are grandparents! 


The Vermont Camping Trip – 2018

Lunch at the top of Camel Hump

24 people – members, friends and relatives – came on the outing to Vermont’s Little River State Park this week, and most of us are now home. It was a superb trip, with great hiking on Camel’s Hump and Mount Mansfield, and kayaking on the Waterbury reservoir and many wonderful photos. 6 of us made it to the top of Camel’s Hump, and the trip down on the Long Trail was an adventure in itself. Those with kayaks took the sunset paddle with a park guide, and that too was a wonderful and educational experience. All who went on this trip enjoyed it immensely! 

Melissa and Donna go over the edge

It’s appropriate to thank Bill and Pam once again for organizing the hikes and the party dinner after the Camel’s Hump hike. Both did an outstanding job; we all thank them again for the effort they put in to make this trip such a success. It couldn’t have been better!

Please keep Bill in your thoughts in the next few weeks.  He’s had a few heart twinges and is going to have a stent installed. It has slowed him down temporarily, but not much and not for long.

Nundawao – The Great Hill

On Sunday, Springwater Trails hiked the area of South Hill in Middlesex, NY. Eighteen hikers, lead by Steve, explored Clark Gully from the stream bed, the West River Nature Preserve and the Great Hill Nature Preserve.  South Hill, with a peak elevation of nearly 1900′, anchors the south east corner of Canandaigua Lake. The hill has very steep slopes down to the lake and to the West River, which greatly limited any logging on the hill. This has resulted in a varied and luxuriant forest. Clark’s Gully drops 1100′ in two miles through generally soft sedimentary rock which has resulted in high walls on both sides of the gully and deep shadows in the late afternoon – we found it a beautiful and pleasant hike for a 92° day.

The group turned around at the first waterfall and proceeded to the West River Nature Preserve, at the bottom of Clark’s Gully.  This preserve is focused on grasslands, the preferred nesting area for many birds and animals. Grasslands are disappearing across New York, as the land is returning to forests. The Finger Lakes Land Trust will be preserving the grasslands with an annual, late summer, mowing.

After a road walk along Sunny Side Rd, we reached the Great Hill Preserve and walked along a level trail at the top of the steepest slope down to Canandaigua Lake. We all decided to return in the Winter to enjoy the views of the lake when the leaves are gone and the poison ivy will be buried.

Next week we will enjoy another a stream walk at Wesley Hill Preserve, yet another Finger Lakes Land Trust. Details are available on the website – springwatertrails.org.