Take a Hike!: Dryden Lake and Jim Schug Rail Trail

My newest hiking buddy was in a bad car accident about a year ago…he was hit by a drunk driver.  The collision broke every bone in his leg, shattered his knee cap into eight pieces, and broke most of the bones in his foot.  He also broke a collar bone and a rib, but he dismisses those injuries as almost insignificant.  I call him Titanium Man now, since he has metal rods through all his leg bones and a dozen screws bolting his leg back together.

But notice, I said “hiking buddy.”  Boy is he tough…he’s been working hard for a year to get to where he can walk again and he and I go hiking just about every week.  I’ve been trying to get him to stick to rail trails, which are relatively flat.  The trick is persuading him to turn around.  He’s an inspiration.

This is one of the rail trails we’ve found to hike on.  The spring ice may be cold, but it is oh so lovely.

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Little muskrat friend

Little muskrat friend

Tons of geese and ducks (we counted hooded mergansers, common mergansers, ruddy ducks, lesser scaup, mallards, canvasbacks, and canada geese)

Tons of geese and ducks (we counted hooded mergansers, common mergansers, ruddy ducks, lesser scaup, mallards, canvasbacks, and canada geese)

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The swans stay far away from the geese, and aloof

The swans stay far away from the geese, and aloof

Rascal!

Rascal!

Rail Trail

Rail Trail

Pussy willow

Pussy willow

The ice makes these lovely patterns

The ice makes these lovely patterns

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Lesser Scaup...ducks are hard to photograph without a telephoto lens!

Lesser Scaup…ducks are hard to photograph without a telephoto lens!

Canada Geese showing some sass

Canada Geese showing some sass

Thousands upon thousands of geese...they were deafening too!

Thousands upon thousands of geese…they were deafening too!

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7 thoughts on “Take a Hike!: Dryden Lake and Jim Schug Rail Trail

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