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Monday, April 13, 2015

Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve

Wow!  What a beautiful day!!  Kalli and I got out to do a short walk at the Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve along the north banks of the Mohawk River under sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 70's.  The 740 acre Preserve is part of the Mohawk Towpath Byway.  A map below is featured on a kiosk at the western most entrance on dead end Ferry Road.  There is much else to see at the Preserve, with multiple other entrance points along Riverview Road. 

The Mohawk River flows strong and wide at the Ferry Road crossing.  A bridge once stood here, but was washed away in the great spring flood of 1902.
 A perfect day for a walk.  Although the temperature was nearly 70 out when we arrived, a constant wind kept it pleasantly cool.
 We followed the path along the north side of the Mohawk west for about one mile, where a view of Lock 7 in Niskayuna can be seen.
 Informal paths drop down to steep rock ledges along the river bank, which gives a unique perspective across the water.
 The thundering sounds of the Hydroelectic plant's falls can be heard from quite a distance  away.
 These geese were out soaking up the sun too.
 Found these shells all collected together at the base of a tree on the river.
 A view of the Hydroelectric Plant beyond the high water of the Mohawk.
 We walked back peacefully with nice views of the river accompanying us much of the way. 
Enjoyed a quiet, breezy, warm walk on a beautiful spring day.  Walked a little over 2 miles today.

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