7 hikers joined me for a harvest moon hike in Five Streams State Forest.  Lisa Barrett, Maryann Weiss, Warren Johnson, David Sadler, John Nesbitt, Mark Chaplain and myself met behind Hojo's.  Lisa generously volunteered to drive so we all piled into her team bus and met with Peg Fuller at the trail head on Hollow Rd in German.   The forecast betrayed us and with clouds having moved in early we would not have any moonlight to enjoy on this night.  

From the trailhead on Hollow Road we followed the snowmobile trail east up and then north over the hill and back down to the bridge over the Five Streams at the intersection of Skillman and Jones roads.  Pausing for a moment on the the bridge we then turned westerly and headed back into the forest where we briefly overlooked the Five Streams gorge.  Without any moonlight and under the cover of the hemlock forest, darkness set in as we trekked north and west across the braided branches of the Five Streams and back up towards the old Seymour farm where, even in the dark, we were able to find the old barn foundation.  Without much to see in the dark we headed up the farm lane to south Pucker St where we paused for a harvest themed snack of pumpkin shaped peanut butter cups and candy corn.  Leaving Seymour Lane behind us, we hiked south on S. Pucker St, a road only fit for hiking--as Peg can attest, returning to the snowmobile trail and back to our vehicles.  

The hike was a couple minute shy of 2 hours with competing GPS tracks ranging from 3.6 to 4.0 miles.  
The next full moon is October 13. 


                 Friday Sep. 13th, 2019
                FLT - Chenango County

On Friday Sep. 13th, 2019 I led a four mile
hike on the FLT in Chenango County from
Clarence Church Road to just beyond Will
Warner Road to the trail register and return.

There were three hikers, Anne Altshuler,
Lisa Barrett and myself. There were many
stops on the trail to identify the various flora
on the forest floor. Anne identified the red 
berries of the Jack-in the-Pulpit, Berv-Cohosh,
Everlasting or Pussytoes, Rattlesnake Plantain
and many other plants.

The weather was in the upper 50's when we 
started the hike and in the 70's when ended
the hike with sunny skies the entire time.

A very pleasant day, we hiked four miles in
four hours with a speed of 1.0 mile per hour.

                        David Sadler


                         Sunday morning Sep. 8th, 2019

On Sunday morning Sep. 8th, 2019 I led 4.4 mile hike on the
Chenango Canal Towpath in Madison County from the Montgomery
Street trailhead to the Woodman Road trailhead and return.

There were three hikers, Peg Fuller, Joyce Post and myself. Peg 
took several pictures of the sights along the towpath of wild flowers,
signage, the old abandoned Chenango Canal, Woodman Pond etc.
We saw a white egret in a marshy area adjacent to the towpath.

The weather was pleasant with mostly sunny skies with temperatures 
in the upper 60's to low 70's making for a very enjoyable hike.

                                     David Sadler


On a really nice Sunday afternoon, 8 September 2019,

 we 4 hikers hiked in the Whaupaunaucau State Forest in North Norwich: Anne Altshuler, Joyce Post, Dave Sadler, and Don Windsor. See group photo. We covered 4.1 miles in 2.8 hours for a speed of 1.5 miles per hour. The hills were definitely noticed.
We parked in the lot at the lower gate and hiked up the Truck Trail to the Quarry, where we took Trail 5 to the Truck Trail and to the place where the Madison windmills can be seen. We then turned back and hiked the Truck Trail to Trail 4 and took that to Jeffery Pond and the Truck Trail to our cars.

Among the ubiquitous wildflowers in bloom were: Beechdrops, Indian Pipe, Wood Betony, New England Aster, and Closed Gentian. The photo shows Joyce pointing to a clump of Closed Gentians, part of the stand discovered by John Carhart many years ago. 

                   CHENANGO CANAL TOWPATH 
                            MADISON COUNTY
                      SATURDAY SEP. 7TH, 2019

On Saturday Sep. 7th, 2019 I led a 5.5 mile hike on the
Chenango Canal Towpath from the Woodman Road
trailhead to U.S. Route 20 in Bouckville and return.
There were two hikers, Carol Smith and myself.

As we reached Bouckville at the intersection of U.S.
Route 20 and Canal Road we visited the Cottage
Museum which sits on the bank of the Chenango Canal.

The museum has many artifacts dealing with the history
of the Chenango Canal 1837-1878 and of Bouckville and
the surrounding area. On our return hike two cardinals flew in
front of us. According to Carol's watch we hiked 5.72 miles.

The weather was fairly pleasant with mostly cloudy skies
though we did encounter a few sprinkles.

                                   David Sadler
David didn't mention the flowers we saw. A beautiful Cardinal Flower, fruit of flowering Raspberry, White Snakeroot(I think) and a fall Aster
Very enjoyable hike.
Thanks Dave for leading so many hikes.


                                    Chenango Canal Towpath 
                                      Friday, Sep. 6th, 2019

On Friday, Sep. 6th, 2019 I led a 5.0 mile hike on the Chenango Canal
Towpath in Madison County. There were two hikers, Anne Altshuler
and myself.

Three great blue herons were seen flying over this historic water way. As 
we reached the Northern terminus of the canal at former Lock 76 and the 
Oriskany Creek Aqueduct we were unable to see these structures due to
high and thick brush.

The weather was in the low 60's when we started and it warmed up to the
the low 70's. toward the end of the hike. The sun was shining making for a
most comfortable and pleasant hike.

                                             David Sadler 

Cool, cloudy, but no rain on the Sunday afternoon 1 September 2019 hike

 on the Camp Pharsalia loop with 3 hikers: Anne Altshuler, Carol Smith, and Don Windsor. See group photo. We covered 3.3 miles in 1.7 hours for a speed of 1.9 miles per hour.
We parked on Center road just west of North Road and hiked westerly to Camp Pharsalia. We then returned via the Truck Trail easterly to North Road and north on said road to our car.

On Center Road we encountered a small wasp nest inhabited (appropriately) by small wasps. See photo. Suggestion: get your camera set up before you get close to the nest. Many colorful beehives were arrayed by the bus stop in Camp Pharsalia. They were indeed inhabited by busy bees.

   HIKE REPORT - Pharsalia WMA 
                          Thursday Aug. 29th, 2019

On Thursday Aug. 29th, 2019 I led a nearly five mile hike in 
Pharsalia WMA from John Smith Road to Clarence Church
Road & return near South Otselic in Chenango County. 

There were three hikers, Anne Altshuler, Carol Smith and
myself. Anne and Carol were identifying various plants and
fungi on the forest floor. The trail was in excellent condition
with no obstructions.

The weather was pleasant with temperatures in the low 60's
with a mixture of overcast and sunny skies. It was a very
pleasant and enjoyable hike.

                                    David Sadler

Hike Report - Sunday Afternoon 25 Aug 2019 - Beaver Meadow SF, Ots+Smyr

Another ideal afternoon for hiking on Sunday 25 August 2019 had 3 hikers in the Beaver Meadow State Forest in Otselic and Smyrna: Anne Altshuler, Dave Sadler, and Don Windsor. We covered 4.0 miles in 2.6 hours for a speed of 1.5 miles per hour.
We parked on Reit Road by Ivan Stannard Road and walked up Reit to Bliven-Coye Hill Road. We then hiked east to the ruins of the former experimental forest headquarters. We then continued easterly and then southerly on the unnamed truck trail to the watershed weir. See group photo. After a short break, we backtracked to our car.
This was a hilly hike with a total ascent of 740 feet.

Whaupaunaucau State Forest 
Sunday morning, Aug. 25th, 2019

On Sunday morning,  Aug.,25th, 2019
I led a hike in Whaupaunaucau State
Forest in Chenango County.

There were four hikers: Sharron Sandberg,
Maryann Weiss, Joyce Post and myself.

We hiked the main dirt road going through 
the state forest exploring several side
trails. On the last trail where we explored there 
was a large stone arrangement that appeared
to be used as fireplace/fire pit. 

Nearby was a wooden bridge and a couple 
hundred feet beyond the bridge there was 
a large tree lying across the trail. At this point 
we headed back to the road and headed to
the turn-a-round loop at the end of the road and
hiked back to our vehicles. 

We hiked five miles in two hours with a speed
of 2.5 miles per hour. The weather was in the
upper 60's and lower 70's with mostly sunshine
making for a very pleasant Sunday morning hike.

                      David Sadler

HIKE REPORT on the FLT -  Aug. 22nd,2 019

On Thursday Aug. 22nd I led a 7.0 mile hike on the FLT
from the French Road trailhead to the NYS Route 12/
South Oxford Road intersection near Oxford, N.Y.,
 Chenango County and return.

There were two hikers, Julie Thompson and myself.
Overall the trail was in good condition with the exception
being near the gravel pit where the weeds were higher than
the long white poles being used for blazes. There especially 
difficult to find.and there were at least three large trees that
were lying across the trail.

At the second stile in from NYS Route 12 it looks as someone
may have cut the barb wire. Not sure, but the barb wire is
broken there.

We hiked 7.0 miles in 4.5 hours with a speed of 1.5 miles per hour.

                             David Sadler

HIKE REPORT - MON. AUG. 19, 2019

On Mon. Aug 19th, 2019 I conducted a solo 5.4 mile
hike on the FLT from the Tucker Road trailhead to the
French Road trailhead in Chenango County & return.
No one else showed up for the hike.Soon after entering
the FLT trailhead I heard a large tree crash to the ground.
On my return I was unable to find the downed tree.

I stopped at the Ludlow Creek lean-to and made an
entry in the the register book and saw 4 empty beer
cans in the fire ring.

As I proceeded on the trail  and crossed the small wooden
bridge and up a small hill there was a trail register with a
Wegman's station attached to a post that appeared to have
been pulled up and was leaning against a tree. There was
a trail register book inside that I made an entry in.

Then I continued my hike toward Stone Quarry Hill Road
and there was another trail register before exiting the woods.
I also made an entry in this trail register book. After reaching
Stone Quarry Hill Road it was a short road walk on that road 
and Chenango County Route 3 and a much longer road walk
on Fred Wilcox Road and then a short road walk on French
Road to the trailhead.

The FLT map says it's the French Road trailhead, but the FLT
sign says it's Winner Road even though you see the French Road
road sign a few feet away.. The sign also says it's Map 24, but it's
actually Map 25. Then I backtracked to my vehicle.

The weather was pleasant in the mid 70's. I hiked 5.4 miles in three
hours with a speed of 1.8 miles per hour.

David Sadler

it's actually FLT map 24

Hike Report - Sunday afternoon 18 Aug 2019 - Moon Hill Road, Pharsalia

                           Hike Report - Sunday afternoon 18 Aug 2019 - Moon Hill Road, Pharsalia
A pleasant afternoon on Sunday 18 August 2019 had only 2 hikers on Moon Hill Road in Pharsalia: Anne Altshuler and Don Windsor. We covered 3.4 miles in 1.8 hours for a speed of 1.9 miles per hour.

We parked on Moon Hill Road near State Route 23 and hiked said road southwesterly to County Road 10. Whereupon we backtracked to our car.

The highlight of the hike was finding a freshly marked snowmobile trail bearing a welcoming sign. See photo. When it becomes cool enough to wander in the woods fully clothed, to minimize skin exposure to ticks, we will hike this trail to see where it goes.


  FLT Hike from Chestnut Road to Tucker Road & Return
                                in Chenango County              
Sunday Aug. 18th Dog Hike

The hike was 3.6 miles (although the dogs walked farther, Tripp's GPS said 4.5 miles). We started at Stone Quarry Rd and walked to the Ludlow lean to and back.
There were 4 people and 3 dogs (Mary, Peg, Lisa, John, Tripp, Raine, and Annie).
Nice weather, no rain, sun shining and lots of red efts on the trail, some toads too. 
Lots of fun!

Link to pictures:

     Thursday ,Aug 15th, 2019

On Thursday, Aug. 15th, 2019 I led a 4.8 mile hike on the FLT 
from Chestnut Road to Tucker Road and return in Chenango
County. In some areas blazes were sparse and there were two
downed trees lying across the trail which made for slow going.

The weather was pleasant with the temperature in the mid 70's.
We were on the trail fours with a speed of 1.2 miles per hour.

                                          David Sadler


                                                                        Saturday Aug. 10th, 2019

On Saturday Aug. 10th, 2019 I led a 6.8 mile hike  on the FLT from the entrance of Bowman Lake State Park
through McDonough State Forest to Chestnut Road and return. There were two hikers, Anne Altshuler and myself.

We met an older couple walking their dog on the trail near East McDonough and advised us there was a black bear
roaming the area. The weather was in the low 70's with light to moderate rain on and off. We were on the trail four
hours with a speed of 1.7 miles per hour.

                                                                                David Sadler

The bird walk today at Glen Highland Farm in Morris had 9 birders.

Only some birds pose for pictures (Thank you Cedar Wax wing!).

We heard and saw a wide variety of birds. Here is a list, but John Knapp and Abbie Tamber might have others, I wrote as fast as I could, at times they were calling out 2 and 3 birds) and I missed a few full names. It was a beautiful day. While we were under thick tree covering admiring the Wise Old Oak (over 300 years old) a brief sprinkle occurred but we did not get wet. The rest of the time was partly cloudy. The Cedar Wax Wings were the most cooperative for pictures and the Red Breasted Merganser didn't disappoint either.  On my pictures I included a few non-bird pictures (red admiral butterfly, the suspension bridge waled all walked across, joe pye weed that was huge). Another picture is a back end of a bird that was not cooperating, I have no idea what it was but I was trying to sneak a picture of it and it would not turn around.

  1. Red eyed vireo
  2. chipping sparrow
  3. robin
  4. crow
  5. blue jay
  6. downy woodpecker
  7. gold finch
  8. king bird
  9. cat bird
  10. mourning dove
  11. common yellow throat ---
  12. red breasted merganser
  13. cedar wax wings
  14. green heron
  15. cardinal
  16. tree swallows
  17. belted king fisher
  18. song sparrows
  19. chickadees
  20. unidentified hawk
  21. hummingbird
  22. flycatcher
  23. Common grackle
This is the link that goes to the pictures I took:

This is the link that goes to the video I accidentally made. I didn't know it until I loaded my pictures off my camera. Might make you dizzy watching it, but it captures a few birds.

Peg Fuller

On August 3, 2019  hikers met for the Ed Sidote Hike.

  The threat of thunderstorms did not deter 22 hikers.  The weather was beautiful and only an occasional cloud passed over.  The hikers met at Hoag Childes Rd and Fred Stewart Rd in East Pharsalia, NY. Everyone was all smiles as we paid tribute to Ed Sidote, posed for a picture and began to hike. Julie Thompson, Bullthistle Hiking Club Vice-President and FLT member, led the long hike and Peg Fuller, BHC President and FLT Board Member, led the short hike. The long hike had 13 hikers, a favorite number for Julie as she led the hike. The short hike has 9 hikers. Hikers entered the FLT and hiked north. The long hike looped onto the blue trail, while the short hike stayed on the main FLT until Nine Mile Truck Trail and walked north west until turning back onto the FLT heading south towards the Sidote Bench. The long hike took the blue trail back onto Fred Stewart Rd and headed north and entered the FLT just south of Center Rd. They proceeded to hike the FLT to the Sidote Bench. Both groups stopped at the Sandberg Pharsalia Lean to. BHC members, Art Sandberg, Larry Chesboro, and Mike Fuller, were ready at the lean to with hot dogs cooking. Everyone enjoyed hot dogs, chips, water, and cookies provided by the club. With full bellies, the hike continued on the FLT. The short hike walked Fred Stewart Rd back to the cars and the long hike took the FLT trail back to the beginning. 

Link to pictures of the hike:

Link to short hike GPS of hike:



Hike Report- Sunday Afternoon 28 July 2019 - Hunts Pond, NB 

Comfortably warm with refreshing breezes led to a pleasant hike around Hunts Pond in New Berlin on Sunday Afternoon 28 July 2019. We had 5 hikers: Anne Altshiler, Marilyn Ireland, Dave Sadler, Jason Shedd, and Don Windsor. We covered 2.6 miles in 2.1 hours for a speed of 1.2 miles per hour. (The slower our speed, the more interesting our hike.)
We parked at the entrance off Hunts Pond Road and hiked the truck trail to the boat launch (see group photo) and then to the dam (see other group photo). After our wild thyme we then backtracked.
We encountered two Pasture Thistles in bloom (see photo). This species is a native, whereas the Bullthistle is a British immigrant

Hike Report - Sunday Afternoon 21 July 2019 - Ambler SF, New Berlin

A really pleasant hike, in spite of all the contrary weather forecasts. A nice breeze with lower humidity made a big difference on Sunday afternoon 21 July 2019 when we 3 hikers ambled along the Truck Trail in the Ambler State Forest in New Berlin: Anne Altshuler, Steve Ellsworth, and Don Windsor. We covered 3.9 miles in 2.2 hours for a speed of 1.8 miles per hour.

We parked at the DEC kiosk at Pat Farley Road and hiked the Truck Trail to the recent logging area, took a short break, and then backtracked.

Mister Stickman was still standing at his tree. See group photo. He needs some clothes. After the photo, I realized that we should have placed a burdock leaf (we did not have a fig leaf) over his wood be crotch. Perhaps on our next hike there I will remember to take some spiffy garments for him.

The other photo shows Anne and Steve walking up a gentle hill. All of my hikes have gentle hills, but they are usually upstaged by their less gentle rivals.


‎Jul‎ ‎16 at ‎10‎:‎35‎ ‎PM

This morning was the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 and tonight is the full moon, but it was last night when we had a splendid evening for a hike.  Seven hikers, Peg Fuller, Fred and Patricia von Mechow, Anne Altshuler, Mark Champlin, and John and Stacie Knapp, joined me for a nice stroll under mostly clear skies through the Pharsalia Woods.  

We started on Fred Stewart Rd where the blue trail crosses and headed west to the main FLT.  There we turned south to the truck trail which we followed west to the snowmobile trail along North Rd.  We followed the snowmobile trail north back to rejoin main trail where we turned east back towards Fred Stewart Rd.  We arrived in the 2011 tornado just after moonrise.  Stopping in the blowdown we listened to the bedtime calls of the veery, hermit thrush, and wood thrush.  While we paused we snacked on the Marshmallow Moon Oreo's (in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission).  With darkness setting in, we finished the last half mile of the hike continuing back to the blue trail we started on and then out to Fred Stewart Rd.  Peg's GPS recoreded 4 miles in a tidy two hours and one minute. 

The next full moon is August 15th.  Weather and schedule permitting, I will plan for hike sometime between the 13th and 15th. 


July 13th was a beautiful day, not too hot and the shade in the woods made it a spectacular day to enjoy a leisurely hike.

 The BHC had a hike to the Ludlow lean to. We met at the Oxford Dollar store. We started the hike on Stone Quarry Rd. The home owner helped us park the cars in the safest place. We had a nice chat with her and thanked her for allowing us to hike her property.  We will be asking Larry C from the club to make a new parking sign for her. 
We hiked north on the FLT. At the end of the barbed wire fence area we were met by 2 more hikers! Art and Sharron walked down from Tucker Rd to join us. Tripp was super happy to see them, especially since they had dog treats. 
Tripp and Sullivan enjoyed splashing around in the creek and some ball play. Troy opted to observe from the sidelines. 
We had 7 humans (Art & Sharron Sandberg, Maryann Weiss, Loren Larkin, Anne Altshuler, Abbie Tamber, and Peg Fuller) and 3 dogs (Tripp, Troy and Sullivan).

A good time was had by all. Very scenic and relaxing at the lean to. Not a big photo day for me, but the link is attached.

If anyone happens to be hiking near the Ludlow lean to any time soon, please look for a dog collar that has ID tags for Sullivan. We believe he lost it near the creek. The pre-lean to pictures show he has a leather collar (plus his tracker collar and flea collar) and at the creek he is missing the leather collar (see picture of Sullivan by himself in creek, it isn't there). If anyone finds it, please let me know.

Link to pictures:

GPS of the hike

Hike Report - Sunday Afternoon 7 July 2019 - Round Pond, Plymouth

Round pond used to be round, but now it is buried under water. When I first encountered it, in 1967, it had a dilapidated boardwalk and my 35 foot anchor did not touch bottom. One remnant of those bygone days is the nearby horse trail which we 7 hikers trekked on Sunday Afternoon 7 July 2019: Anne Altshuler, Lisa Barrett, Mark Champlin, Maryann Weiss, Matthew Weiss, Carol Smith, and Don Windsor. We covered 3.6 miles in 2.4 hours for a speed of 1.5 miles per hour.

We parked in the lot by the platform and hiked the horse, later snowmobile, trail southerly to the Truck Trail, which we took westerly, then an access trail southerly to Frenchmans Road, and that westerly to the stream by the house. We saw, for the first time, a posted sign. We then halted on the bridge (see group photo) and bushwhacked northerly to the Truck Trail and backtracked to our vehicle.

On a sunny day a swamp looks like a magnificently lush paradise; see photo of view from the horse trail.

Excursion Report - Thursday 4 July 2019 - Jam Pond, German

A hot Thursday afternoon on 4 July 2019 had 2 hikers at Jam Pond in the Five-Streams State Forest in German: Steve Ellsworth and Don Windsor. See group photo. We covered 0.5 miles in about 2 hours for a speed of 0.25 miles per hour.
Flowers in bloom were: Calopogon, Rose Pogonia, White Fringed Orchid, Cottongrass, Round-leaved Sundew, Pitcher Plant, Cranberry, and Withe Rod. Southern Twayblade and Snowberry were not blooming. Mountain Holly had green berries. See photos of Calopogon as a Belt-of-Orion, and the wide spread of Pitcher Plant flowers.  See also Steve's photos.
"Never hike alone!" said Steve after he pulled me out of the muckhole that I fell into. Muck is like quicksand; the more you struggle to get out, the deeper down you go. I had suddenly plunged thigh- deep. Thanks Steve! I have been visiting Jam Pond for over 30 years and have always been wary of the mat. But I fell through in the swamp between the rim and the mat. Apparently the reduced sunlight in the swamp does not produce a tightly woven mat. I suggest that everyone stay out of this place until it gets drier.