by Peg Hampton
Feb 22 – 25, 2019
Gliders on Trip: Marilyn Grove, Jim and Virginia Magee, Barbara Brandt, Bill Pickering, and trip leader, Peg Hampton
Marilyn, Jim, Ginny and Peg met at the 1880 House early Friday for soup and the afternoon ski. We went to Winona Forest Center & Wart Road parking lot. There were lots of snowmobile trailers in the parking lot. We started in the Bill’s Belly trail intending to connect with Winona Way, but it quickly became obvious that the snow conditions were slick and hard. We opted to ski Wart Road which was very pleasant and only a few snowmobiles. For once, the snow mobile trail had the nicest conditions.
The highlight of the day was when Bill Pickering arrived and received an upgrade from the room 7 “penalty box” to room 8 with 6 twin beds and a private bathroom!
Went to Osceola Ski Center on Saturday. Conditions were much better than Winona. We skied the south side first attempting to avoid any hills. After lunch, we skied the north side. We didn’t ski every trail. We opted for the safest routes to avoid injury. Dinner Saturday night was baked ham prepared by the 1880 House cooks.
Sunday was a mixed bag day with rain forecast for most of the day. When we awoke, the sun was out. After a hearty cooked breakfast, we decided to snowshoe at Chateauguay. We were only out about 20 minutes when there were several rumbles of thunder. As pleasant as the forest was, we decided to return to our vehicles and drive to Salmon River Falls. From there, we drove to Selkirk Shores State Park and again donned our micro spikes as we headed to the cliffs over the shoreline. We had lunch at The Lakeside Restaurant. The food was good and service quick. The management thanked us for coming in! Dinner Sunday night was stuffed Cornish game hens. Even the peas and mashed potatoes were a hit!
Monday morn arrived with high winds and no one wanted to be in the woods. Snow was blowing making driving visibility challenging at times. Barbara, Jim and Ginny packed up for the drive to Ottawa. Bill was waiting for Ed Cook to arrive and drive them to Ottawa. Marilyn and Peg headed for PA. We stayed on Route 11 and jumped on 81 at Syracuse. My last trip of the season is always a little depressing, but then I think of biking in sunshine and the sadness goes away.