Sunday, September 25, 2016

Lonesome Lake

Barbara Hawkins & Jane Harrington scoping out a potential hike for Turtles Group to enjoy in the future.  

Sept 20th, Turtles hike Sawyer Pond

A fabulous turnout of Turtles to hike Sawyer Pond.

Participants were: (not in order) Jane Harrington, Barbara Brash, Sue Speers, Sally Bartlett , Bev Nelson, Susan Merrifield, Brenda O 'Brien, and me ( photographer) Barbara Hawkins.  

Saturday, September 17, 2016

B group hikes Flat Mountain Pond

What a gem!  A local hike, in Sandwich, with little elevation gain (approximately 1300'), varied terrain, a spectacular pond with camping, beautiful sites for a tent, a composting toilet, fire rings, AND amazing views!  What more could you ask for?  Especially on the day Shirl and I had the other Friday, it was a perfect September day.  Which by the way, I would not want to do this hike in the Spring.  We had 20 (or so) river / creek crossings, that in higher water could be impassable.  This year however, not a problem due to the drought.  I give this hike a 10, actually 10.8 miles and that is with a spotted car.  But with all seriousness, two thumbs up!

are these edible?  wish I knew.  :)

old railroad ties

composting toilet!  

B group schedule for remaining 2016 season

Here is a recap of the B group hikes for the remainder of the season.  

If you plan to hike a scheduled hike, please contact the hike leader to RSVP.  Carpooling times and meeting locations will be planned by the hike leader.  Any weather cancellations are at the discretion of the hike leader.

Friday, Sept 23rd          East Pond loop                          Shirley Stanek 203-644-7770
Friday, Sept 30th          Square Ledge                         TBD
Friday, Oct 7th              FAIR WEEKEND!!
Friday, Oct 14th           Sandwich Dome & Jennings Peak    Ginger Ishkanian 207-577-0966
Friday, Oct 21st           Osceola                                   Kathy Thorndike 603-707-7598

TUESDAY, Oct 25th     Group Picnic                            More to follow

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A group hikes, WILDCAT

B group, hikes Mt. Cardigan

Sept 9th, a two person B group hiked Mt. Cardigan - Firescrew.

Heading up wasn't easy on the ledges, at least so we thought... until the high winds and the trip down put things into perspective.  Lots of sliding down on your butt to the next ledge.  The firepower at the summit was very nice, saw lots of carvings in the granite from 1873, 1907, 1915...

The trip up Holt trail was book time, down Mowgli and Manning trail was a little longer but we were told easier than the Hope trail.

A nice 6 mile hike.  Thank you Shirl for the recap and the photos, and thank you John for being the lead on that one.

John and Shirl, two hikers from B Group

Friday, September 9, 2016

I thought these boots were waterproof!

Sep 6th, Melanie and I hiked North Moat Mtn. as one of the B group hikes.   I'll admit, it was a bit of a distance, at 10.3 miles, but it is a 52 with a view, and therefore, we just HAD to do it!

It rained, it was cloudy, and no... my boots are not waterproof!  I poured about a half a cup of water out of them when I went to remove a rock. The trail covered all types of surfaces.  Soft pine needled trail, hand over hand rock climbing, open ledges, waterfalls (including Diana's Bath), and river crossings.  It was a beautiful hike.  As a 52 with a view, we were hopeful for fantastic sights.  We got clouds, with occasional peaks of scenery, but it was still beautiful.  I would do the hike again on a clear day.  We hiked the loop clockwise, which brought us to a nice opening at mile 5.  We thought that was the summit, but it was not until a mile later.  It was a nice day, and of course a day on the trail is always better than a day doing, well, most things!  :)


The summit of North Moat Mtn.