Making peace with the great outdoors, especially in Winter

The trail is well marked and continues on to the edge of the conservation area until you arrive at a fork where you can choose to stay on the yellow trail or switch to the red trail which is the Figura Trail. We decided to follow the red trail. The red trail loops nicely around and rejoins the yellow trail so we could make it back to the stairs leading back to the parking area. That particular day was cold and windy. The tall trees creaked and swayed in the wind. On the ground we could hear them and a lone woodpecker tapping among them. But we didn't feel the wind because we were protected by the trees.

These are just a few of nature's little treasures right here in our own backyards. Dress warmly and in bright colors. Hunting is allowed in these areas, although we did not encounter anyone hunting on any of these hikes. Spend a couple of hours embracing winter and exploring some of Skaneateles' natural gems. You won't be disappointed.

Terri Roney is the Skaneateles Town Supervisor.

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