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      End your work week with a leisurely bicycle outing.  If you like to move slowly, chat with friends and see what’s around you, this is the bike outing for you. 

      WHEN: Every Friday evening at 5:30  pm in Manchester, CT.  This weekly series begins July 11 and continues through the summer. 

      WHERE: At the Manchester trailhead of the Hop River State Park Trail. The parking lot is off of Colonial Road, just east of the intersection of Colonial Road and Parker Street (adjacent to the AAMCO transmission shop). You can use 184 Colonial Rd, Manchester, CT 06042 for a GPS address.  Grades are gentle on this hard-packed dirt trail, a former railroad line.  We will bike out an hour and then return to the parking lot.  For information about the trail, go to 

      Bicycle helmets are mandatory on Sierra Club bike outings.  You will be required to sign a Sierra Club waiver at the trailhead.   Go to if you want to read it beforehand.

      You must register with Trip Leader Ron Haines please email me here If unable to email, call 561 315-0528. Meet at the brown Honda Odyssey. 

      Sierra Club-Greater Hartford Group
      Westmoor Park

      119 Flagg Rd., West Hartford
      Thursday  Sept. 11th at 7:30  pm

      Sept. Meeting and Film Presentation

      In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act , we will be screening Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time  (2011, 73 min.) an Emmy award winning documentary about the great conservationist Aldo Leopold (1887-1948).

      Aldo Leopold is considered the most important conservationist of the 20th century because his ideas are so relevant to the environmental issues of our time.  He is the father of the national wilderness system, wildlife management and the science of ecological restoration. His classic book A Sand County Almanac still inspires us to see the natural world as a community to which we belong.

      Doors open at 7:00 for refreshments and letter signing.
      A small donation is requested.
      Questions: Rich Stanley at 860-816-1705

      Kayaking: 10 AM on Sunday,  9/14/14
      at Lake Williams, Lebanon, CT

      This is a 250-acre pond that’s 2.5 miles long.  About 3/4 of the shoreline is undeveloped with mostly deep woods surrounding.  It has seven islands in the southern end of the lake, two with houses.  A nice contrast to the open lake is the far east end where there’s a secluded pond guarded by small rocky islands.

      Directions: Take Rte. 2 to Rte.66E to Rte. 85S to Rte. 207.  Access is easy put in at southern end of lake at intersection of Rte. 207 (Old Exeter Road)  and Colchester Road.  Small parking lot there.
      Safety vests must be worn at all times. Please no cell phone use or smoking on the water. Please email RSVP yes only by 9/13 this email address providing cell phone in case of weather that morning and/or we have to change sites.


      Kayaking Mansfield Hollow, Mansfield, CT Saturday September 20th, 10am

      Meet at 10am at the state boat launch on Bassett Bridge Road, Mansfield, CT.  No fee to launch and free parking. Let’s paddle this 460 acre reservoir created by the damning of the Natchaug River.  Great diversity of scenery and birds. Map of trip available at:

      We’ll go through a small culvert on the right that leads to the other half of the reservoir. This place is bigger than it looks and includes the dam and a river to investigate. After we paddled that side, we’ll come back through the culvert and may head out to the other side of the lake with two inlet rivers at the far end.

      Safety vests must be worn at all times. Please no cell phone use on the water. Rain cancels. Please provide cell phone in case weather or wind requires site change or postponing.

      Please RSVP email yes only to this email address by 9/19 or to be placed on Renee’s email kayak list for outings through October including weekday night paddling.

      Take care, Renee

      Kayaking Bluff Point, Groton, CT Sunday October 5th, 10am.

      Meet at 10am at the state boat launch at 44 Depot Road, Groton. No fee to launch and free parking.

      We’ll paddle in the vicinity of this 800-acre peninsula that includes the state park, a coastal reserve and natural preserve surrounded by Mumford Cove to the east, Fishers Island Sound to the south and the Poquonnock River to the west.  The shallow and protected open water is excellent for kayaking.  We’ll travel down the river then behind a large sandy peninsula with a 50’ portage if we wish to enjoy the beach and launch after from there to explore a couple harbor islands before returning to the original launch site.

      Directions: Rte. 95 along the shore to Route 1, south on Depot Road, go under train trestle at the end. Launch is at the end of the road to the west of the park entrance. /or we can hit the town for supper.  Safety vests must be worn at all times.  Please no cell phone use on the water.

      Please RSVP email yes only to this email address by 9/6 or to be placed on Renee’s email kayak list for outings through October including weekday night paddling.

      John D Calandrelli,
      Mar 27, 2014, 8:56 AM