Local trails, and can you identify what these are?

I belong to the REI coop and they send me emails. A few days ago they sent me one that included a national listing of hiking trails, complete with an app. I wondered if there were any around here and, as it turns out, there are, in a state forest just over a dozen miles from here. 

Yesterday was a beautiful, pleasantly warm Fall day here in the Southern Tier of New York State, so I looked up the local trails, put Mabel in the car, and drove over, through some pretty rural scenery surprisingly close to the house. I found the forest, clipped a leash to Mabel's collar, and started down one of the trails. These are pretty easy, not very hilly, but I had to watch where I stepped as a lot of the trail was roots under dead leaves. 

I might have considered having her off leash because she's friendly and doesn't jump on people, but her recall isn't dead reliable - she would chase deer, as I found out in my own front yard recently, I think the laws might be an issue, and I found out years ago why loose friendly dogs can be a problem. At the time, we lived in Columbia, MD, and we were hiking around one of the local lakes with Whiskey, our first Akita. She was fine around people, if sometimes standoffish, but she was a bit dog-aggressive as Akitas are prone to be. I had her leashed and some big friendly dog, a lab or a golden, bounded toward us, with her owner shouting "Don't worry, she's friendly." I replied "Mine's not," and suddenly this guy realized his lack of control over his dog could turn into a problem in a hurry. He got to his dog before anything happened.

The woods here are pretty open. Where the trails are is usually obvious. 

There's a pond on the first trail.

 

The trails are marked. Not everywhere, usually it's obvious.

Sometimes it's not obvious. This looks like the path, but it's not.This, a little to the right, is the path. 

This is how the trail is marked when it is:

On the drive home, I saw a sight which really struck me. The hills were covered in deciduous trees with turning leaves but in one spot I saw a dense grove of evergreens, so dense that the entrance to the woods there looked eerily dark and threatening. 

That was yesterday. Today I drove my wife to work at Binghamton U. because my car's in the shop and that way I could use hers. She had me drive her up the hill above most of campus where the buildings are more sparse. It's pretty up there:

She had me drive up there to show me something. The cutaways line both sides of the road

which look like this up close

I'll come back later to either explain what they are for or to confirm it if you happen to know. 

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Comment by Ron Powell on October 24, 2017 at 8:44am

Similar provision is made for various forms of wildlife that need the opening to navigate the crossings in many wooded areas. 

I hope you didn't intend that we know the specific or particular creatures that you had in mind...

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Comment by Anna Herrington on October 24, 2017 at 9:12am

That's the exact issue I wish dog 'owners' would catch on to, just because your own dog is friendly doesn't mean the other dog is - or that the human with the dog wants to deal with your dog's friendliness.... I get crabby pretty quickly with unleashed dog owners, I admit. Yeah, the owners, not the dogs.

One of the things I've always liked about exploring new areas is the local quirks that are mysterious to outsiders. Those wildlife/salamander byways are one of them. Never seen that before and I've even got family in upstate NY, but further north I think, the finger lakes. No sidewalks, actually, where my aunt lived.... anyway. Very interesting and cool to know there's been an awakening to what the wildlife needs in your area. The deer and squirrels here step up on the curbs just fine. Same with slugs   ; )

Comment by Anna Herrington on October 24, 2017 at 9:18am

Oh, btw, not sure about your area, but that stand of evergreens here would be a sign of terrible overplanting by a tree farm. Looks sad to me, unhealthy and unnatural - overcrowded growth with susceptibility to disease and creating over-hot wildfires (says the westerner). Sorry to say, but that's what it appears to be from here... even if it isn't actually farm-planted, those trees need thinning badly. 

Comment by Arthur James on October 24, 2017 at 9:53am

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Anna... 

the dog breeder calls

Our Salon's poodle a

mutt. it a mix of Doberman

and stinky poodle.

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Pas Pa thinks the 

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Comment by koshersalaami on October 24, 2017 at 10:07am

Ron,

You couldn't know the specific creature. I didn't know what a yellow spotted salamander was. 

Anna,

Thanks for talking about overplanting. Makes sense, but not for Christmas trees. 

Nanatehay,

Somehow it's appropriate that Tildy functions as a guard dog disguised as a lap dog. 

Comment by Arthur James on October 24, 2017 at 10:12am

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IT's gross to step in duck poop

when walking in woods with bare

feet. It's Healthy to clean out cow

barn stalls and spread manure too.

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no stop in poop and tread on Our

Salon's floor. It best to shovel 

manure than to blog all day.

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Comment by Anna Herrington on October 24, 2017 at 10:20am

Christmas trees?

We almost bought a Christmas tree farm in Washington state, eons ago..... can't overplant them, either, I learned, or you'll get trees that sprout up like the ones in your photo  : ) or they grow a weird shape and can't be trimmed to a shapely form (aggh, that sounds weird).

They need room and sunshine hitting as much as possible of all sides for that ornament-hanging-friendly cone shape. One of the issues with being a tree farmer, you want to plant more, more, more but customers will be very picky and only want the ones grown with room and a lovely full shape all around.

We decided against being Christmas tree farmers..... and apparently so have many, add in drought and fires and high taxes, and now Christmas trees are very spendy, even out here in Oregon where they're always been pretty cheap.

(Just to pass along a little Christmas tree farm/er tutorial  : ))

Comment by Arthur James on October 24, 2017 at 10:24am

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Old Jew in the 

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in Yiddish the

black blogger

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Christmas 

trees.

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Comment by koshersalaami on October 24, 2017 at 10:34am

Anna, thanks

Arthur, why?

Why would an Old Jew cuss out a guy cutting a Christmas tree? and why a Black blogger in particular?

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