The Tourtalists visit Schribner Valley

For the last hike in February we were greeted with a light snow cover across the landscape. Thirteen hikers came out for a 30 degree hike, which followed last weekend’s 70° hikes. Fortunately, we had a number of hills to climb, which kept us warm.

After an hour hiking through the woods protected from the wind, the Climbers made it to the potato fields at the tops of the hills for views in all directions. The wind definitely picked up in the open field, but the sun was out and as many times as I have seen this view, I still enjoy it.

Douglas was taking pictures and noticed two coyotes crossing the field to the north. Making sure that Duffy stayed close by, we headed across the field and found the tracks first headed west, and then headed back east to the woods, after several shots from a hunter.  Duffy sniffed and barked at the footprints, but decided not to follow the tracks.

Meanwhile, the Tourtalists (Pati’s new name for the Naturalist/Tourist combo group) walked south along the valley to the old ski hill, where the climbers met them before heading up to the top.

On the return hike, Linda led the Tourtalists along the woods and across the rock bridge to our upper field. Pati found a brave fern standing tall above the snow, for a beautiful image of the hike.

Following the hike, everyone enjoyed deviled eggs, goat cheese with pulled pork sandwiches and potatoes. And, as is our tradition, we had fruit and cakes for desert – many hikers splurged and had helpings of each of the deserts!



All Western Christmas Tree Farm News

Last Sunday, January 29th, the Springwater Trails’ hikers enjoyed a Treasure Hunt for 4 gold, 4 silver, and 4 bronze treasure tickets to be redeemed at the social following the hike.  Nine out twelve tickets were found.  Twenty people attended.  Mark Hopkins, Trail Master, writes: “We had 11 climbers who hiked the perimeter of the farm.  The group headed up the path to the fields and through the woods and past a young plantation of Christmas trees.  Passing south through the forest, we found Christmas trees east of the pond marked for the Cornell Integrated Pest Management Trial and found two treasure tickets in the 6 inch snow cover.  In the Cathedral pines we found two more treasure tickets and then continued west with some bushwhacking around the dam of a small pond and out onto Story Road.  Heading back across the fields, we took advantage of the frozen field to cross the corn stubble rows to a grove of 40 year old Christmas trees ready for the center of an indoor mall that may call in the future.”  Wendy and Rick led a group of five through a northerly route parallel to Liberty Pole Road where Nannette found a treasure ticket.  They also found the large Christmas trees and then headed over to the pines and back.  Katherine led a group of 3 around the perimeter of the nursery pointing out the exotic trees, the nursery stock, and the 2 sequoia that are almost 28 years old.  All then took the 4×4 Case up through the woods where we picked up Gene and Georgia and drove into the fenced trees where we found four treasure tickets, then drove to the pines and back to the house for the social.

Next week, Springwater Trails will return to Cummings Nature Center on Gulick Road in Naples, start time 2 PM.  Come and enjoy the great outdoors, reduce cabin fever, and visit with hikers along the way.  Take advantage of purchasing a Springwater Trails membership (donation toward building hiking trails in Springwater) at the discounted price of $10 prior to our Annual Meeting on March 19th.  Details are available at

Katherine Humphrey and Jerrianne Scheiderich were honored to receive a Cornell IPM Award at the joint Pennsylvania and New York CTFANY (Christmas Tree Farmers Association) winter meeting scheduled in Binghamton, NY, Thursday – Saturday, January 26-28.

This post was exerpted from this weeks’ Springwater Party Line by Katherine Humphrey. The full article is available online.

Hike Harriet Hollister with snow?, “just 6 days later”


For those Springwater Trails hikers who revel in hiking Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area (HHSSRA aka HHSMRA where M is Memorial) with snow, well the ST hike on Sunday 1/22/2017 did not support that as the ground was devoid of the white stuff.  But then it snowed on Tuesday 1/24/2017 and is predicted to do so again before Saturday 1/28/2017.  Which leads me to citing a second chance for participation in a group hike where perhaps there may be snow, albeit this one on Saturday 1/28/2017 a mere 6 days since ST Sunday 1/22/2017 hike.

This hike is a scheduled hike on the Genesee Valley Hiking Club (GVHC aka GVHG where G is Group) hike schedule, and Ryan B. is the Hike Leader (& Planner).  Some ST hikers are acquainted with Ryan as result of his hike leads and shared hiking enthusiasm.

The salient info for this hike is below in quotes, from the GVHC website.  Hike start time is 10:00AM, likely most folks from ST will not benefit from use of the 9AM carpool as it is in Bushnell’s Basin.  Please know that there are no dogs allowed on this or any other GVHC hike.

“January 28/Saturday  Strenuous/hilly 6-7 mile hike. Harriet Hollister Spencer Memorial Recreation Area. Meet at Bushnell’s Basin Park & Ride at 9 a.m. Hike starts at 10 a.m. at Harriet Hollister. Ryan B. 802-999-8554 #6016″

( #6016 is the GVHC assigned sequential hike number for this hike.)

Rules for hikers on GVHC hikes are much the same as are rules for ST hikes, with the most glaring contrast perhaps being the no dogs rule.  Please note the 12:30PM hike end time listed in this ST post is a mere guesstimate.

Of course, no guarantee that there will be snowpack on Saturday, and if not, well,  no blamin’ the local meteriologist or weather-person. The adage … any hike is a good hike.

– – – And regardless of snow or not, Traction Devices (TDs) may be in order as trails can be icy even if there is no snow.   There was a comment for the Sunday 1/22/2017 ST hike that trails were in fact icy!

Directions to the hike:

From Springwater:  From 1 mile north of Springwater on  Rt. 15A, turn right onto (and up) Wheaton Hill Rd. Drive all the way to Wetmore Rd. and turn left. Continue straight onto Canadice Hill Rd. and drive another 2 miles to the HHSSRA entrance road parking lot on the right.

From Honeoye: Take County Road 37 and continue straight onto Canadice Hill Rd. to the HHSSRA entrance road parking lot on the left

Note: The entrance road parking lot is siutate at Canadice Hill Rd & the entrance road (aka Overlook Rd) .  This time of year the entrance road (aka Overlook Rd) may be gated to restrict “road vehicle” access past the entrance road parking lot.  Regardless (gated or not), the hike meet point & start point is at the entrance road parking lot (Canadice Hill Rd & Overlook Rd), not the entrance road terminus which is much further “inside  HHSSRA”.


Experiencing the Forest in a Different Way…Forest Therapy Walk…December 4, 2016


Mark said, “this was different for many of us.” Pam added “you were really good sports!”  and….” If you just take the time to be silent in nature, anything can happen!”  Others added…”I really saw nature in a different way than ever before.” ” I felt like a child again!” “We are entering into another one of the four seasons, the circle of life, death to rebirth.” forest-therapy-036

A two hour “forest therapy walk”, led by Deb Denome was truly an inspirational experience for many of us as we were guided slowly on a cold late fall day through nature.  As 16 of us traveled through the forest tapping our senses, observing, listening, seeing, smelling, and sensing motion,  we silently experienced nature on a personal level and shared it with others as we gathered around the well attended campfires.forest-therapy-007

Some of us had unusual experiences, like talking to objects in nature and getting a response.    Others traveled to places within the forest to sit quietly and reflect. We were called back to share our experiences by our leader’s flute or bird call.  Someone made a perfect crow call that got everyone’s attention.  canadice-outlet-revisited-037

What was really interesting to me was that we experienced seeing our hiking friends in a new and deeper way.  As they shared their thoughts, gratitude, and connectiveness with nature, we all gained new insights. Many had a sense of peace, calmness, while others related what they experienced in nature to a call for personal growth.  forest-therapy-008

A Forest Therapy experience is said to last at least 7 days.  I know for myself I have gone back to my spot in the woods to reexamine Mr. Vine and his family, listen more acutely, and share the beauty of the forest with others.  There are lessons to be learned, and many answers…if we just are silent. Thanks to Deb for taking us there.