059, USA, 31 Dec 96 to 3 Jan 97

31 Dec 96 to 3 Jan 97, Martha. Intended to be cross-country skiing/snow-shoe/hiking trip, but no snow! 3 nights at Sugar Bush cabin, Red House area. Tue: Arrived pm, cold! Walk around Lake. Eve walk with torches to Summit Stone. 7°F at 21:00, shooting stars. No snow. Wed: 8 hr 18 mile hike around ski-routes (Art Rosoe ski area). Cold still. Thu: Now 40°F! Mist, occasional drizzle. Explored conservation/Eastwood Meadows trails for 4 hrs. Quaker area. Car played up. Black Snake mountain trail. 100ft black cherry trees. Fri: Bear Caves.