Sun, Aug 22 2010 - Sunday Morning Hike: Elachee Nature Center (View Original Event Details)

Trip Leader(s): Courtney H, Richard A. Zalik
Participants:Richard A. Zalik, Rick Chaffin, Sammy, Chad Moon, Laura V, Linda Jones, John Christopher, Katie S, Courtney H, Tom H, Jesus S, Cloria, Susan Johnson

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Write Up:
The weather was beautiful for our Sunday morning hike around the Elachee Nature Science Center in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve. We welcomed Laura Vandewiele on her first AOC event. We had 13 hikers including our trip leader Richard Zalik, who gave me the opportunity to perform my first co-lead. Richard led the group with his usual vigor, and I ran sweep on our moderately paced 5 mile loop consisting of the East Lake, Mathis, Dunlap, West Lake and Pine Grove Trails. My husband Tom and I were stung by yellow jackets when we stepped on their nest in a pile of leaves while we were getting around a fallen tree. We learned a valuable lesson about being careful when you go off the trail. Special thanks go out to Jesus Sanchez for his first aid administrations. Recent rain resulted in a stunning array of colorful mushrooms. After our hike several of us enjoyed looking at the two rescued Red-tailed Hawks in the outdoor aviary as well as a scorpion caught in a spider web. Please be sure to check out our event photos.
Courtney Harjung