The South West Mystery Group spent a delightful time on a #10 day on September 27 at the Lane Property conservation area in Foxboro. The plans were that we could take a short or longer walk with a volunteer guide, Bill. This is a protected space on Neponset Reservoir with 1 1/2 miles of shoreline in Foxboro with pine forests, to a sandy peninsulas extending into the Reservoir, Blueberry Island and the dam. We began with the "Story Book Trail” at the parking lot, following an old dirt road through a peaceful pine forest and the Neponset Reservoir before circling back through a woodland trail to the start. Some preferred a shortened walk and others the longer hike of two miles. Afterwards we sat at a picnic table with our lunches overlooking Crack Pond watching the Canadian Geese floating by. Rosemary Smith astounded us all as she had already set the table, before our arrival, with tablecloths, napkins, plates, etc. and brought a fabulous array of fresh fruit; vegetable tray with dip; watermelon and red/white wine. Bill, our guide and his wife were invited to join us. It truly was a peaceful and amazing way to spend the day. Joan S. L-R Ann C., Joe C., Rosemary S., Joan S., Maggie C., Betty F. Missing from picture Maureen D., Bill R. and the guides.
Almost all arrived for this perfect day on the River - all well behaved, no one fell out. Lunch was plentiful and tasty.
Twenty TOHG members enjoyed a very pleasant and picturesque walk around Horn Pond in Woburn on a beautiful sunny day!
Thank you to all participants:
Chris B., Jerry and Ruth G., Marge C., David R., Gale K., Jane Ph., Nancy B., Nancy Ch., Jan G., Barbara H., Pat R., Ellen G., Gail W. (Ellen’s guest), Ann Ch., Dawn M., Joe M., Frank C., Kathleen McE. and me,
After our Horn Pond walk, we were invited to Luise S. for a look at her beautiful garden and to share a light lunch.
The Gang went big on Labor Day. Forty-five bikers came for the ride and 54 of us enjoyed the cookout afterwards. Actually, we were socializing so happily in the Marblehead high school parking lot that we started our rides a bit late. We decide to split the 22-mile group of 25. Don T. led the first section and Jim A. the second. They made it all the way to the tip of Nahant. Their sweeps were Marco A. and Pat G. Polly T. led twenty 10-milers with sweeps David and Jean J.
After the ride, 53 members and one guest met at Don and Polly's for our cookout. Despite the prediction of an afternoon rain, it held off until four o’clock, when we’d planned to leave anyway. Al G. was the star chef. He cooked 37 hamburgers, 20 hot dogs and 12 sausage servings. Everyone brought munchies, a salad, or a desert. No one, no one, went hungry. Best of all they had a good chance to connect with each other.
Thank you for coming, friends all,
Polly and Don
Stone Age Bike Racks (by Don)
The pickleball outing was quite fun if I do say so myself. Many want to do it again. We had 19 Gang members and the two instructors from Billerica. With the four courts all going at once, everyone got a good workout. When the instructor said, “We can take a break for a while and get some water.”, some of the members kept on practicing their strokes not stopping for a second! The 1st timers practiced just hitting some easy balls, then moved on to serving, and then to playing (without scoring). I told them I would be taking pictures of all the foolish looking maneuvers that were made, but since I was the only one looking foolish, I negated that rule. Mother nature was kind to us with a little breeze and low temperatures – not those 90+ degree temperatures we’ve been getting. Most of us went out to the 99 Restaurant for lunch and then headed home. I’m so grateful the instructors volunteered to help because if I was on my own, people would have left more confused than ever – probably vowing never to play pickleball again.
Ten Gang members enjoyed a beautiful morning "under the elms" along the Charles River in Wellesley. After our walk, we visited the Gardens, which contain a wide variety of plants and flowering shrubs. Some of us then headed to the Charles River Coffee Shop in historic South Natick for refreshments.
L-R: Susan R., Jan U., Jim R., Millie C., Eleanor R., Chris B., Phyllis M., Gayle K., Kate U., Susan McG.
This year’s bicycling trip to The Outdoor Lodge turned out to be quite special. We started the week with a Wine and Cheese welcome followed by a wonderful dinner and then to top off the first night we visited the National Geographic’s Dark Sky Observatory. Yes, we did Bike and yes, there were Hills. As for Bicycling, over the next four days we rode on quiet country roads starting with Aaron’s ride. This particular ride of 33 miles is named for a TOHG member who first brought the group to the lodge. On day two we did a lovely ride along Lake Champlain in the St Alban’s area. On day three there was a slightly challenging ride around Lake Willoughby and onto Crystal Lake. It was challenging not only for the hills, but a number of miles of road construction that we did not know about until we got there! By the way, we have some TOHG members who cannot get enough of riding up hills, so they asked one of the guides to lead them up and over Burke Mountain!!! On our final day riding we took it a little easier by visiting the town of Norton which is the home of well-known author Louise Penny. After some shopping and picture taking we headed out of town to find a hill to ride up, which we did, heading for Sutton and lunch. Over the five days we had great biking weather, enjoyed each other’s company chatting on the porch and listening to a couple of guest speakers after dinner. So, needless to say we had a fabulous time! Just ask anyone who went!
PS. The hills weren’t that bad.
On a warm Saturday morning, helped by some overhead clouds and a breeze or two, 11 members of TOHG traversed a flat but partially rooted trail around Kendrick Pond in Needham. Except for some gnats, no wildlife was seen. Participating were Carole B. Nancy Ch., Margaret T., Kathryn U., Barbara H. Joan S., Marilyn N., George M. and Jerry and Ruth G. Afterward, those of us with sweet teeth adjorned to Panera Bread for some refreshments.
Nine members visited the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Featured was a special Display of Gorham Silver. It’s a rare look of the largest collection of objects from the RI based company that was once the world’s biggest manufacturer of silver. The museum occupies three buildings and after viewing the silver display we ventured into several other areas. One could easily spend a day or more viewing them.
As with all of our events, we ended up at a local restaurant and had good food and great conversations.
A group of 12 cyclists enjoyed a ride around Jamestown Island on July 17. The weather was warm and sunny with a southerly wind that picked up to cool us on the trip home along the east side of the island. The route follows the shoreline for most of the ride so a leisurely pace allowed us to enjoy seeing the many sailboats and fishing trawlers on Narragansett Bay. We were rewarded after a few challenging hills by the view at the southern tip of the Island at Beavertail Park.
We returned to Sue’s house for a picnic with salty snacks, sandwiches, fruit, popcorn, water and flavored seltzer. Ice cream cones for dessert disappeared quickly.
A bike ride around Jamestown is always fun, but a ride with the Gang is the best!
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