The DOC hikers met on September 26th, Family Hiking Day, to learn about Monarchs and then head out for a hike. Prior to the hike, they were given the opportunity to design their own backpack which came with a first aid kit. Materials were provided by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and were greatly appreciated. Items left over were handed out at the Little Buffalo Festival of the Arts where they were a great hit!
Also, prior to hitting the trails hikers learned about the Monarch Butterflies, why the butterflies are disappearing and what people could do to help. Information presented to the group can be obtained at Where Have All the Monarchs Gone?
The DOC hikers headed up Hawk Rock for one of three options: hike up and back, hike up along the ridge and to the blue trail and back on Reservoir Road, or hike up to the blue trail to the old furnace stack on Reservoir Road and back. Most of the hikers chose option one, but we did have a few that took the last option to the furnace stack. It was a beautiful day and the view was fantastic! Thanks to Sean O. for leading the longer hike.
Information on the furnace stack can be found at The Duncannon Smoke Stack.