As previously mentioned, here is John Eastlake’s hike of Oct. 17. John billed this hike as the “Tri-County-Hike,” featuring prime fall foliage and beautiful vistas, along with the camaraderie of happy trail talk for the group of 13 hikers.
The “Tri-County” designation highlighted the location, which cut the converging corners of Lycoming, Potter and Clinton counties.
The approximately five mile hike utilized the Dugan Log Trail, George Will Ski Trail and Black Forest Trail, from a parking area along Rt. 44 about a mile south of the Black Forest Inn.
John carried a plastic holder with enlarged photos taken some 50 years earlier when he laid out the ski trail loop in the area.
Periodically he stopped and showed photos of exact locations for a then-and-now contrast.
Seeing a change in growth of trees and expansion of laurel under-story in certain places made a fascinating half-century walk of history. In one place, photographer Curt Weinhold recreated a scene from decades ago: John posed that day exactly as he had at a particular blazed tree when the tree was first painted.
Penny Weinhold had baked two batches of chocolate cookies, one with nuts and one with coconut, for a small tailgate party in the parking lot after the hike. In addition to John and Curt and Penny Weinhold, hikers included (from Tioga County) Henry and Deb Bonson, Doug and Jane Wetherbee, Charlie Schwarz, and Larry Holtzapple, and (from Potter County) Wayne Baumann, Lori Szymanik, Wanda Shirk and John Zimmer.
Our trail crews have also been busy thus far in November.
Joe Allis cleared a blowdown from the Jacob Hollow Trail, Gary Russell and Susie Gribble cleared some logs and debris and did some lopping on the Italian Hollow/Long Hollow section, Jack Buckwalter trimmed some laurel on Ole Mountain, and Mark and Denise Kelly cleared some dozen or more logs and did some lopping from Hungry Hollow Road to Cross Fork Creek Road
There seems to be no let-up on the this job. A favorite saying amongst the maintainers is “After I had cleared my section and was getting into the truck to leave, I think I heard a tree fall.” With 84 miles of trail, through mostly woods, there’s no doubt one fell, somewhere.
Our latest trail running attempt by Jason Wish was cut short by a slight physical ailment (it wasn’t slight for Jason and he was quite disappointed).
But the good news is he has tentatively planned to come back for another try in the near future, if the weather cooperates.
Jason is 46, a fourth-generation farmer from Ohio. They farm a very large tract of land and, other than eating right and staying fit, he says one of his passions is going for the Fastest-Known-Times on different trails. We all wish him well on this attempt.
There most likely will be no trail club meetings until spring, as they obviously would have to be held indoors, and the members aren’t willing to gamble on that. Now we’re hearing that a vaccine may be available in the not-so-distant future, so this may change. Time will tell. Stay safe.