Wm Finley Wildlife Refuge

Sunday, May 6, 2012
Leader: Joe Sanders
Hike: 8 miles, 100 ft (Moderate)

Eight of us trekked around Wm Finley Sunday May 6. Because one smallish section of the originally mapped out loop still had boggy trail conditions and in an effort to make this hike more appealing to more people by reducing the mileage, I dropped that section, canceling the larger loop so that total mileage on an in/out route was about 7-8 miles. Alas, bird life was notably reduced from when I'd scouted the trail beginning of April, (migratory birds moved on?) but this loss was more than compensated for by a day of perfect weather, bringing out the brilliance of the panoramic open fields, while providing an invigorating walking climate. Dropping some of the original route enabled us to improvise by moving northward on the Pigeon Butte trail, which we'd begun at Bruce Road (southern end of park) - now crossing Finley road, continuing on a previously unexplored dirt track past a small lake to the end of the path where we enjoyed lunch in an open field, by the small lake, in the sun. Christie Goss shared her yummy home made cookies, and a couple of the Chinese students produced exotic candy and chewy dried fruit, brought directly from China. Everyone seemed knocked out by the shimmering beauty of fresh spring green in this open expansive setting. Other experienced hikers re-confirmed the leader's own thoughts about how different this hike environment was from any other hikes we do. Two specifically commented, "This is nicer than I'd imagined it would be." Unregistered Participants included students: Ji Wang, Dan Gao, Qiyun Yam, and Xiaoting Ding.

Members: Sanders, Joe, Hull, Diantha, Moser, John. Nonmembers: Goss, Christie, Wang, Ji, Gao, Dan, Yam, Quiyun, Ding, Xiaoting.

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