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      Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter - Greater Hartford Group

      Monthly Meetings:

      Meetings are held at Westmoor Park on the second Thursday of the month.  There are no meetings in July and August.  All meetings and outings are open to members and the general public.  New members are especially welcome.  Refreshments are served but please bring your own coffee mug.

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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.

      Gardner Lake, Salem, CT July 26th Kayaking:

      Late morning, Saturday July 26th, four of us kayaked the perimeter and three western coves of 529 acre Gardner Lake in Salem, CT which has moderate development and some nice wetland areas.. 

      While we didn’t see eagles there this season, we enjoyed the light winds and varied coastline of the lake and found with the 6mph limit, the few motor boats there kept to the center and didn't make rough wakes to ride out.

      Best of all were the quiet times meandering into three western shore coves past cattails footed with white and yellow water lilies, native bass fish jumping in the air and turtles sunning on logs as monarch butterflies and giant dragon flies flitted by them and us.

      Afterwards we lazed on the beach and shared a picnic but it had cooled off so we didn’t swim after all at the nice sandy beach. 

      Hope you can join us 10am Sunday August 3rd at Lake Williams and 5pm Monday, August 4th at Rainbow Reservoir and Farmington River.

      Take care, Renee


      Kayaking: Meet at 10 AM on Sunday,  8/3/14 at Lake Williams, Lebanon
      Free event open to club members and the public. 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. There is a  free spare seat in a canoe on this paddle.
      Please no cell phone use or smoking on the water.
      Please email RSVP yes only by 8/2. Email me here.

      After Work Kayaking 8/4/14 5pm Rainbow Reservoir and Farmington River, Windsor, CT

      Meet 5pm Monday, August 4th at boat launch at 118 Merriman Road, Windsor, CT.    No fee to launch and free parking.  We'll paddle the 243 acre reservoir that is tree lined with only a few houses set back from the water. Then head up the Farmington River towards North Bloomfield and Simsbury before returning to the launch site.

      Map of area and trip route at: Safety vests must be worn at all times. Please no cell phone use or smoking on the water.

      Hike Penwood State Park, Sunday 8/10 10am (Simsbury, CT)

      Let's wander for an hour and a half the rolling hills of Penwood State Park.  We meet at the parking lot just off the Rte. 185 park entrance.  We wait no more than ten minutes for latecomers and then we are off!

      Please RSVP yes only by 8/9. Email me here If you say YES and change your mind, please let me know in case you were the only one so I can hike nearer home instead.  You can mapquest/GPS Stafford Street and Hartford Road intersection in Simsbury, CT for a close site to park entrance.

      Directions: Rte. 91 to exit 35B, Rte. 218 west. Take 218 until you reach Rte. 189 north in Bloomfield.  Turn right onto Rte. 189 and continue north to Rte. 178.  Turn left onto 178 proceed to end where it intersects with Rte. 185.  Turn right onto Rte. 185.  Ahead about a mile on the right is park entrance.

      Friendly dogs are welcome but they must be leashed if others approach us.  Messes on the trail must be removed. All hikers, adults and children over 10 years of age, and with or without dogs are welcome as long as they refrain from cell phone use and smoking and can tolerate our dogs.