This morning Joan and I decided go leaf-peeping in the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and walk the Esker Brook Nature Trail.
On our way to the refuge we made a stop at the CJS Vineyards.
Our goal was to find a Route 5 & 20 geocache. But since the winery was closed, we decided to look more closely later.
The Scholomiti family established this family vineyard and micro-winery in 1995. Vinifera and hybrid grapes growing on the rolling hillside produce fine Finger Lakes table wines. Specializing in Riesling and Chambourcin.
After turning north on Route 89 we proceeded to the flooded timber area of Tschache Pool. Walking to the top of the observation deck we took this photo.
On the ground a few feet into the area we photographed this great blue heron.
Using Rich & Sue Freeman's Take a Hike Family Walks in the Finger Lakes Region as a guide and we parked at the coordinates below:
In the parking area large signs inform you of the trails, the wildlife to look for, and plants to avoid.
We stepped off south into the woods from the parking area passing a post saying Ridge Trail.
Wooden bridge over Esker Brook.
Came to a dual sign post with a wooden bench on the left. Continued on Ridge Trail. Will save the South Spring Trail for another day.
Reached a T intersection and went right on mowed path to a bench close to the pond.
The trail trio - the bench, Joan & Doug.
Since the suggested trail was unmowed, we decided to not venture between the two ponds and headed back to the T intersection.
Crossed a wooden bridge.
Took the trail to the left which brought us to a small observation platform.
Returned to the junction. Insteaad of using the Orchard Trail we recrossed the bridge and took the Brook Trail.
Wooden bridge on the Brook Trail.
Near the parking lot are these two trail signs. Next time the Orchard Trail.
A most enjoyable trek is a remarkable location.