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Shippees Ledge Hike ~ Dec 26, 2013

Journal entry by Wanderer

Despite the predictions of a snowy morning, sixteen Caners decided to get out and enjoy the fresh air and good company. This was an easy hike in a couple of ways - first of all it was short with little elevation gain and most importantly, everyone was prepared with traction aids, poles and good spirits. The only drawbacks were that the fresh snow had covered the many icy sections which lulled you into thinking your footing was secure and most of the views from the overlook were concealed. Carpooling went well and we were able to park on the shoulder of Shippee Rd and were on our way in no time. The trail was wide enough in many places to help in socializing and everyone had time to visit along the way. Since the hike was rather short, stopping to allow re-grouping helped to make it seem longer. The camouflaged icy patches soon began to take their toll and several of us found out just how hard the ground was - lucky for me there wasn't a camera around to record any proof of my, less than graceful fall. I did find out later that although not everyone had witnessed my fall they could feel the earth move - looks like I need to go on my annual diet again. It was just about an hour when we arrived at the overlook and at nearly 11:30 we would have made the Rebers proud to be breaking for lunch already. Some brought snacks, other sandwiches and as always when Jim is in attendance, I had my lunch catered - a super delicious steak sandwich - thank you Jim. After lunch and a quick group picture we started back to our cars. The sun had managed to peek its way thru the snow and clouds on the way back and by the time we got home the snow had managed to stop. Thanks everyone for a super nice outing. See you next year! Peter Scroll down to the epilogue for list of attendees

6 photos

Ready to go

Slingshot Pine (there is third trunk behind the large one)

All bundled up

Looking West and the Great Sacandaga Lake (a special, high tech, snow piercing filter was used to take this picture)

Looking North - Hadley Mt is the one highest to the right (a special, high tech, snow piercing filter was used to tale this picture)

The Group

A wonderful group of friends - Tom Gibbs, Anita & Tom Harris, Claire & Kirk, Diane & Kurt, Jim I, Ray, Barbara Hennig, Sam, Denis, Cindy, Fran, Linda Happy New Year! Peter

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