South Mountain Ramble-July 28 2012

Here we see the human and canine hikers ready to tackle Swamp Creek  trail at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve near Fairfield.  This lovely 500 acre reserve is a non-profit foundation that protects an important stretch of intact forest adjacent to the Michaux. Luann Battersby was our guide for the hike and she did a great job of trying to keep us together.  However, Lilly the bassett has a hiking pace somewhere between slow and glacial and she and her companion fell far behind!  It was a good hike and there is an amazing variety of ferns along this stretch of trail.  Highly recommended short hike of about 3 miles, depending on varying trail links.  It’s about a 90 min. hike, unless you’re with Lilly!

The next hike is August 25 at Caledonia, meeting at the main parking area by rte 30 at 9 am. See you there!


 Here you see the group patiently waiting for our shortest hiker.








This is a mighty odd mushroom display in the leaf litter….still waiting for an ID….