Onondaga Country Parks held an open house at Highland Forest in Fabius, New York for people to preview all the winter activities they can enjoy in the park last weekend. The day was sunny and breezy which made it hard to think of the snow and cold I shared with you the last time I visited Highland Forest. As you can see, autumn colors are practically nil this late into November as the trees have shed their leafs.
Inside the Skyline Lodge, tables were set up for groups presenting nordic skiing, snowshoeing, orienteering and biathlon (an Olympic sport combining cross country skiing and marksmanship). Outside, people could try some paintball biathlon.
My wife and I enjoyed a much warmer and brighter ride as the Cooperstown Carriage Company, who do the winter sleigh rides at Highland Forest, were giving complimentary wagon rides using their beautiful Haflinger draft horses to pull them.
Back at the Skyline Lodge, we enjoyed some hot ham and potato soup, crackers and cheese. After which we investigated the Onondaga County Parks tables and learned about snowshoeing and cross country skiing lessons and rentals. I am also interested in coming back to photograph a few competitions held for winter sports at Highland Forest.