After my visit to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, I headed east to Green Lakes State Park. It looked like I might even get a bit of blue sky. After speaking to park staff they suggested that I drive a couple of miles down the road and then hike up onto the plateau (New York State’s equivalent of the Serengeti as one staff member put it – not total agreement there 🙂 )
From the parking spot, there was a zig-zag trail that climbed up to the open areas of the plateau.
Along the trail to the top there were a few early blooms of Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) and a few willows were putting on their Spring-time display.
A dozen White-tailed Deer greeted me in one of the clearings on the way up and then the skies opened and I was caught out in the open to endure a 10 minute deluge that made everything including the trail a lot wetter.
Trails were identified by names on the trail map but only by colours and letters on the trail markers but since I often don’t follow the marked trail, I wasn’t too concerned about the differences especially since I had left the trail map in the car anyway 🙂 (By accident, of course)