|Me at the southern terminus of the Onondaga Trail - excited to start my final branch trail along the FLT|
|View from Labrador Unique Area jump-off point (I can only assume for hang gliders? Yikes!)|
|Looking across one of the Onondaga many ponds|
|One of the many falls inside Hoxie Gorge State Park|
In my travels, I had the incredible fate of meeting up with Tessa Careaga. She was a trail angel in every sense of the word. Despite all this beauty, I was suffering from two days of intense heat. My calves ached, my stomach turned, my feet raw, and every article of clothing I owned drenched in sweat and covered in dirt. Hell, I was covered in sweat and dirt…and exhausted. When I called her from the Skyline Visitor’s Center, where a wedding was in full swing and I had been reduced to such hiker desperation to start scheming by the glow of a nearby soda machine how to score a plate of food from the reception area, she suggested instead of just a shuttle from the Onondaga terminus, I come home with her for the night. She lived just a couple of miles away and on DeRuyter Lake. I threw back the rest of my soda, vanquished my hungry hiker plot, and got to hiking toward Tessa.
|Me and Tessa Careaga, a trail angel indeed!|
Thank you Tessa, your generosity was such a gift and kept this hiker hiking!
The next day I planned to trek 20 miles to the Perkins Pond Lean-to. However…some more interesting things came up. In the morning I had the pleasure of chatting with Yahoo’s GrindTV reporter, Rob Pursell all the way out in California. He was full of good questions and it was fun to fill him in on the journey while on trail. Here’s a link to that article: http://www.grindtv.com/nature/the-botanical-hiker-is-about-to-set-a-new-record-but-shes-more-interested-in-edible-plants/#kBKKWEB2f8yUIWgg.97
I had also received an email from a blog reader, Char Revette who lives on Paradise Hill. She had invited me over for tea given that I was just a couple miles away. Well tea with a fellow FLT fan sounded better than pounding out the miles on this already late morning. So to Char’s house I went and arrived just in time for more than tea, but lunch! We dined on quinoa and veggie stew, fresh veggies and dip, fresh fruit and chips and black bean salsa. What a treat. I also had the pleasure of meeting Char’s daughter-in-law, Tracy, and 2 grandchildren, Oliver and Reagan. Char is a lifetime member of the FLT and regularly walks the trail, as well as a forager. Thank you for the pleasant stop along the trail – you and your family were wonderful company and your home is beautiful.
|Me and Char Revette outside her home on Paradise Hill|
|John Carhart hard at work along the main FLT|
Thank you, John for all that you do….now if we could just get you to lay those logs and rocks the length of the trail that would be splendid! And Donna, although we never had a chance to meet we certainly got to know each other through our multiple phonecalls back and forth. Thank you for being there!
|Sharon, Art, and dog Ted at the Pharsalia Woods Lean-to|
|The sitting area outside the Parsalia Woods Lean-to|
|Art's handmade rocking chair and nightstand|
Please stay tuned for the next most current blog post full of plant pics and yet more faces of the Finger Lakes Trail!