Mohawk Valley Alpiners Hiking Club

located in the Central Mohawk Valley of Upstate New York


Shorty Wild Center

Posted by kathy miles on July 14, 2017 at 7:10 AM

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Our group of 13 had a beautiful day for our Wild Center Adventure. We arrived around 11:00. We found a nice picnic area. Once nourished, we were off!


The center is divided half indoors and half outside. We divided into small groups and headed in different directions to enjoy the day.

Outside we explored The Wild Walk, the spider web and the eagles nest! We could see Whiteface Mountain in the distance. The summit was in the clouds, still breathtaking. Many exhibits were interactive making it fun.


There were a few trails down to the Raquette River bringing us to Oxbow Overlook with an uphill climb on the way out. I was proud of my Alpiners, they marched right up that hill passing people half their age. We then walked around a lovely pond to the new iForest. An immersive sound experience created by composer Pete M. Wyer. It was created specifically for this forested area of The Wild Center.


Inside the main building, called The Great Wolf Hall, we were able to view many exhibits featuring wildflowers and wildlife that we see hiking. There was also theater presentations on The Adirondacks from land and air. Many photographed and produced by photographer Carl Heilman, just beautiful. I only wished it was twice as long.

Now tired and hungry, well mostly hungry, we headed home stopping at The Adirondack Hotel for dinner. We enjoyed visiting and eating while overlooking part of Long Lake. Great way to end our adventure to The Wild Center.

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