Hike Bolton Notch!
Let’s hope it's feeling like spring enough to wander the rail to trail at Bolton Notch Pond on Saturday, March 21st. We meet 10:00am at the Shady Glen restaurant, 840 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester, on Rte. 6 on the Manchester / Bolton line.  We can have a long or short hike there by simply turning around or not. If at least one other person RSVP's here yes only by Friday, March 20th, I won't hike closer to home instead. 

Directions: Rte. I-84 E to Rte. 384 E, exit 5, Rte. 85.  End of ramp turn left.  Go up and down hill to a light.  That is Rte. 6.  Turn left.  Restaurant c. 1.5 miles ahead on left. Friendly dogs are welcome to run as we walk but must be leashed as others approach us. Messes on the trail must be removed.  All hikers, adults and children over 10 years old, with or without dogs, are welcome at this free drop in event as long as they refrain from cell phone use and smoking and can tolerate our dogs running about them.
Hope to see you on the trail! Take care, Renee

Hike Penwood State Park, Saturday, March 28 10am (Simsbury, CT)

Let's hope it acts like spring soon so we can wander for an hour and a half the rolling hills of Penwood State Park on Saturday March 28th at 10am. 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 here yes only by 3/26. 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.


Barkhamsted Hike! March 29 at 1p.m. A 4.2 mile round-trip, out-and-back hike on a section of the Tunxis Trail in Barkhamsted. Moderate difficulty over rolling terrain with a 450 foot elevation gain, at a fast pace.  Beautiful mountain laurel lined trail, diverse forest and a pine plantation, culminating in a cliff cradling house-sized boulders with small caves. Free. All ages welcome.  No hiking experience required, but must be able to keep pace with the group. No dogs, please.  Brings snacks and water, and be prepared for slushy, muddy or snowy conditions.

From the west take Route 8 to Winsted and follow Route 44 East for 3.2 miles and turn left on Route 318 East. Continue for about 3 miles to the junction of Route 219 past the dam, and proceed east on Route 219 for 1.7 mile to a small parking area on the right, just before Hillcrest Drive. From Hartford take Route 44 West for 15-20 miles to New Hartford and turn right onto Route 219 East. Proceed to the junction with Route 318 past the dam and continue for 1.7 miles to the parking area.  Questions or carpooling contact Amanda at 860-416-0081 or email me here.

Cornwall Hike, Sunday, June 7

See Google Maps for directions.
Cathedral of Pines to
Mohawk Mountain Young Adult Hike
Time: 11:00am

Total Distance This Event Will Travel: 3.7 miles

Full Event Description:

All welcome, especially young adults. No dogs, please. Hiking experience or good physical condition required. Moderate 3.7 mile out-and-back hike with challenging sections, gaining 740 feet in elevation on the Mohawk Trail. We'll summit Mohawk Mountain for scenic summer views toward the Taconics and Berkshires from the top of the ski area. Our route is via The Cathedral of Pines, a forest of trees that began as far back as 1676, but was mostly destroyed by tornadoes in 1989. Some large trees still stand, as do remnants of fallen giants amid the new growth forest. We'll break for lunch at Mohawk's summit before retracing our steps back to our cars. To meet the group at 11 a.m. at the trailhead on Essex Hill Rd., go to the junctions of Routes 4 & 125 in Cornwall and turn onto Pine St. (opposite where Route 125 meets Route 4). Proceed past Cornwall Town Library then turn left at a stop sign onto Valley Rd. In 0.2 miles veer left onto Essex Hill Rd. Go 0.2 miles to the trailhead with a small pull-off on the left. Carpool if possible. Bring boots, water and food, as well as rain gear in the event of rain.

Leader(s): Amanda Kenyon
Meeting Place: From Routes 4 & 125 in Cornwall turn onto Pine St. Turn left at stop sign onto Valley Rd. Veer left onto Essex Hill. Go 0.2 miles to pull-off on left.

Rain or shine.
Pre-registration is RECOMMENDED

Please email me here!

Tranquil Together On the Trail

Alone, my two dogs and I step lightly,

Over snow covered stones and ice.
Crisp, pine scented air chills our lungs slightly,
As we eagerly seize a rare trice.

With one spirit these times we embrace,
Along a shallow frozen stream.
Silken flakes slowly drift down my face,
Coating our eyelashes and their whiskers the same!

We pass quietly in this still, white world,
When a cautious thought occurs.
Will trail's end appear, ere Nature blurs
Wonderland vistas and sets winds awhirl?

Gazing back, our passage etched as Winter can,
Tracks of paws and feet from where we began,
Show side by side, our Fate we meet.
Our frosty breaths rise, disperse, losing heat.

My thirsty dogs chomp frozen clumps that melt,
As they flop into snow angels, so heartfelt!
Then up, gleefully chasing stick and ice ball
Which hide or crumble, unfound all.

Leading on, their outlines a vague scheme,
Dusted with snow, until clues show,
With eyes that gleam, breaths of steam
And sudden turns where they pose.

Safely home without further bluster,
These cherished memories will stir,
When on rougher trails in later winter,
Forging forth I can’t muster.

M. Renee Taylor


A very successful New Year's Day hike in Session Woods! 47 hikers took in the natural beauty on a cool clear winter's day. A great way to shake off one too many bowl games or the extra egg nog from the night before.