2020-09-08 42 -78
| Tue 8 Sep 2020 in 42,-78:|
Bucktooth State Forest
- Simon the dog
- Myka the dog
I had a trip planned out at the beginning of the year to visit a friend in Australia at the end of September. Obviously, that's not going to be possible this year and suddenly I found myself with a lot of Time Off again that I need to use by the end of the year (unless work decides to extend carry-over rules like they did last year). Not wanting to hope for another rule change, I decided to take this week off to get some work done on the house and restart a stalled project on the upstairs hall.
After working most of the morning taking a section of wall down, I checked the hashpoints and was happy to see a fully accessible hash in a Public Forest. I would have to go off-trail into the woods but it didn't look too bad. I would be able to walk up a forest road most of the way and match the elevation before heading into the woods. That would definitely be easier than bushwacking up 500 feet/150 meters of elevation change in the woods.
After lunch, I lounged around the house for a bit relaxing and watching some TV (I am on vacation after all). Around 15:00, I realized I should probably get going if I wanted to get back early enough for a late dinner. I got things together and with the dogs in the car, we were on our way around 15:30. The hour drive was mostly uneventful and my phone GPS guided us to the gated forest road I wanted to walk up. I was able to park in front of the gate and pull off the road.
Starting up the road, I found it a pleasant walk as the road took a more meandering route than directly toward the hash. This made the incline a bit less steep than it could have been. Getting to the road split where I knew I would be closest to the hash, I headed into the woods. We only had to traverse a quarter mile/400 meters to find the hash. About halfway there, we found the Pine forest section I saw on the map which made for a nice change of scenery, even if it was just for a moment. Locating the Hash area, I started in on the GPS dance which took some time, but I was pleased to see I was able to get all 0's. After getting a bunch of pictures, we headed back to the road, and while I took a slightly different route, I came back out on the road exactly where I went in.
We still had plenty of daylight left, so I continued walking the road for a bit longer before turning around to head for home. Ended up walking for about an hour and a half in total, exploring this State Forest. I think I'll have to come back again as I saw on the map that the Finger Lakes Trail goes through here, but on the other side of the forest from where the hash was today.
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