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8/9 Friday Indian Head Rail Trail ALL class ride

Fri, August 09, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

Leader:  Ron Altemus

Members:  Jan Tucker, Pat Walthers, Belinda Acre, Vicki Garlock, Donaro Garner, Robin Garnett, Jackie & Randy Schoch, and passed on the trail, Bob Moye

Route:   the one, the only, the IHRT, Village Green to White Plains and return

Weather:  mostly sunny, temps ranging from the mid 70s to mid 80s, not terribly humid, w/scant breezes

AMS:  swept at 13

Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none known

Report:  a bit of a faster ride today, though we broke up into several conversational groups.  Not too many other trail users and random wildlife sightings, including a common water snake, five line skink, red shoulder hawk, a "chunky" opossum (assumed to be a pregnant female), and a groundhog.  ALERT:  from a conversation with Park employee David, we should also be on the lookout for a group of feral pigs or wild boars.  Bob Moye spotted them previously near Livingston and took pictures which were shared with County Dept of Natural Resources staff.  A DNR staff then went looking and saw them up east of the Bumpy Oak pond.  Not sure when these sightings took place.   After the ride, a number of us visited the Lunch Box in Bryan's Road for lunch.


  • Sat, August 10, 2019 6:35 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)
    About those feral hogs: quoting GQ https://www.gq.com/story/hogblog

    If you’ve logged in to Twitter today, you may have noticed that your feed is overrun with talk of hogs—30-50 feral hogs, to be specific, that run into your yard within 3-5 minutes while your small kids play.

    For those confused about the abundance of hog talk, it all started when musician and friend of GQ Jason Isbell reacted to this past weekend’s tragic mass shootings with a tweet that read: “If you’re on here arguing the definition of ‘assault weapon’ today you are part of the problem. You know what an assault weapon is, and you know you don’t need one.” While the responses ranged from those supporting his stance to those arguing against stricter gun laws, one in particular stood out above all others. “Legit question for rural Americans,” it began. “How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?”

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