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Monday, September 23, 2013

Lock 4 Park(Schaghticoke) Denton Wildlife Sanctuary(Greenwich)

After a full day of work, I was really itching to get out today and hike. A cool northwest breeze kept the air comfortable for my first hike of the autumn.  I headed up Route 32/4 through Saratoga County, but both of my hikes today were on the east side of the Hudson.  I first hit the Lock 4 park in Schgaticoke, where the Hudson and Hoosic Rivers come together.  There is public access for fishing and several trails through the woods that lead to both rivers along with informational kiosks.  Here is the view from the point on the first trail.
Broken views of the Hoosic River.
 Hoosic River

Next, I headed a little further north to the Denton Wildlife Sanctuary in Greenwich, just over the river in Washington County.  It is owned by the Nature Conservancy and is actually located on both sides of route 4.  Well known as a birding sanctuary, there are a couple of miles of loop trails through mostly mixed hardwoods and wetlands.
You can find some really interesting things in the woods when you stop and take a look.  Small mushrooms growing on this moss covered dead tree.
 A small spider who was weaving a web near these leaves.
 A mushroom on the forest floor.
 This doe was alerted by me walking down the trail about 30 yeards away and stopped dead in her tracks.  I was able to get this nice photo taken before it bounded away.
 Stepping blocks over a muddy area.
 Some form of white moss growing together with a green moss.
Saw one other hiker on the trails the whole time.  She was walking her dog and taking photos as well.  It was a pleasant, quiet day for a walk.

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