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Monday, February 17, 2014

Martin Van Buren Nature Center

Due to all of the recent cold and heavy snows I hadn't really gotten out much recently, so a sunny Monday afternoon was the perfect opportunity to get out for a walk.  In honor of President's Day I drove down to the Martin Van Buren Nature Area off of Route 9H in Kinderhook for some level snowshoe hiking through the woods.
 I wasn't really sure what to expect from the trails due to the deep snow pack but luckily much of the trails were broken in already making for pleasant walking.
 The trails are very well marked and make a series of loops.  The trails wander through mixed hardwoods and pine forests.
 The bright February sun doing it's best to warm things up, but temps still holding in the low 20's.
 The winter woods.
 Went off of the broken in trail and decided to be the first to walk the orange trail(Ducks Lane).  This was tougher walking and definitely made me break a sweat.  The orange trail loses elevation briefly before climbing up to re- connect with the white trail.  This is probably the most challenging section of the park.  The white trail eventually looped me back to the red trail(Meadow Trail) which was broken in again.
 Once back to the pavilion area by the trail head, I looked over the very well marked trail map posted on a large kiosk.  Looks like I probably walked about a mile and a quarter.  Felt good just to get out and get some fresh air.
Just across the street is Lindenwald, the site of Martin Van Buren National Historic Site and the ex-president's home.  Will return for a visit in nicer weather sometime to explore those grounds,

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