2018-12-30 42 -78
On the sidewalk of Read Road in East Pembroke
Thinking I could pick up one last hash for 2018, I thought about where else I could go after this hash so I wasn't driving 2 hours for a 2 minute stop. With Darien Lakes State Park pretty close to this hash, I figured it was finally time to explore this park.
In the morning, I did some cleaning, organizing and made some pizza dough so it would be ready by dinnertime. After making some lunch and writing down directions, I loaded the dogs into the car and we were off. Driving up Rt 219, I had to be careful since I saw there were a lot of cops about. Makes sense, they are looking for drunk drivers around the New Year. And while I do eventually want to randomly run into an officer at a hash, I certainly don't want to precipitate the meeting by being pulled over for speeding!
Arriving in East Pembroke, I turned on the HashDroid app on my phone. My faithful GPS that has served me well hashing over the years has started acting up and is no longer trustworthy. I ordered a new GPS and it should be arriving after the new year. I'm glad I had the app running or I would have missed my turn as the corner was not marked on the Read Road side. Turning down School Street right before the hash, I found a place to park and walked over to the hash. Since I was just popping out for a minute on the sidewalk, I left the dogs in the car for this one. Walking up to the hash, I easily got my pictures and headed back to the car.
We then made our way over to the State Park a short drive away and explored the trails for a little over 2 hours. Most were very wide ATV/Snow Mobile Trails, but I did find a piece of the Finger Lakes Trail that wound through the woods right before I had to turn around to head back to the car. It was really cool as I had the whole place to myself, although I'm sure that's not the case in the summer. It looks like its a very heavily used park, so I was glad to be able to explore it on my own terms and the dogs got to be off leash for some good exercise. As a bonus, the clouds broke up on the way back to the car and I got to enjoy the light of the setting sun.
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