Sunday, April 8, 2012
4/7/12 Sunkhaze and Old Town
Mix of sun and clouds . Decided on the Buzzy Brook Trails at Sunkhaze but to go the long way round to see the falls Faith and told us about. I pulled into a drive next to the falls and broke through some ice to mud below. The ice was quite thick and I could move neither forward nor back but only spray up mud all over the front of the car. As I was trying to figure a way out of this dilemma a man in a truck stopped. He didn't have a chain but offered to go to his house and get one. While waiting a took a picture of the falls which are pretty as described.
The man returned quickly because he was able to borrow a chain from a man who lived nearby and helped us out of the ice. We thanked him profusely , cleaned the mud off the windows, and proceeded onward. In the past we had never bothered to stop at Ash Landing because it is shown as a very short trail but saw a gated forest service road and thought that might be it and decided to check it out.
After a short distance the trail ended. We couldn't tell if it was a large pond or marsh but did not seem to be a stream and we didn't see a way around it and turned back after Kelley had a swim.
Further along the road we came to an actual parking lot and thought this must be Ash Landing. We parked and started off along a short trail that had another short trail off to the left leading to a stream and a information kiosk about wetlands.
Back to the original trail we found that it soon ended in woods and we returned to the parking area to head for the Buzzy Brook Trails.
After not driving very far we came to a gate and found the road had been closed ( it's apparently a private road). Ok- we will drive back and come at the trails the way we usually do by going up Rte. 2, not imagining that access to the NWR would be blocked. But a short distance up the Stud Mill Road we found another gate and we could not get to Buzzy Brook. We gave up on the refuge for today and headed back toward home. On the way we stopped in Old Town and walked around for 45 minutes before continuing homeward.
Just one of those days that don't go the way you planned them to go.