35 TOHGers boarded the Sea Shuttle under the command of Captain John for a narrated tour of Salem and Beverly coastline and a trip to Misery Island, one of the Trustees of Reservations properties. This island, with its stunning views and diverse landscape, offered many trails and pathways for us to explore. Some opted to follow the rugged 1.4 mile coastal trail while others followed mowed paths that meandered through the interior.
After re-boarding our vessel for the return trip, Captain John continued his narration of the coastline of the North Shore. An early dinner in Salem ended what turned out to be the perfect summer day outing.
For our fourth paddle of the season, 15 paddlers enjoyed fine weather on the Weir River in Hull, Mass. Thanks to Pat G., lunch in her new back yard was a treat. ‘Thank you Pat’.
The Northern Mystery Group visited Wolf Hollow in Ipswich. The day was iffy, in that rain, and heat were predicted. However, 10 of us drove to see the wolves. Wolf Hollow is a State and Federally licensed non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the wolf in the wild through education and exposure.
The son of the owner, who started Wolf Hollow over 30 years ago, gave the presentation to a large group seated in a covered structure. A big black cloud opened up as soon as we were seated, but of course we were protected! The sun came right back out so the show went on. The total number of gray, and white wolves was about nine including three gray puppies born on May 6.
He explained how the pack co-exist as a family group, very similar to humans, how they play an important role in the ecosystem, and the dynamics and hierarchy amongst the pack. He also explained the evolution of the modern dog from the wolf.
He finished the hour long presentation by asking us to howl like a wolf! The entire group did, and the puppies started howling back!! It was a great experience to find out about this threatened species,and how we can help to preserve them.
Gang members attending were Polly M., Barbara M., Dawn M., Bobbie McC., Nancy Ch., Carole B., Jane B., Judy T., Joy T., and led by Anne H.
Seven of us spent a lovely summer afternoon making a round-trip ferry ride from Providence to Newport. Some sat on the upper deck which was cooled by a beautiful breeze while others chose to sit inside which was air conditioned. Both afforded beautiful views of the bay. A delicious lunch was had at Chelo’s in Providence which included wonderful conversations.
Chuck & Susan H.
The rain stopped, the clouds parted and the sun came out as seven Hub mystery folks enjoyed the day at Fruitlands in Harvard. Especially informational was the visit to the Farmhouse that was the site of an 1843 experiment in communal living led by Louisa’s father, Bronson Alcott. The farmhouse also inspired portions of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women”. Lunch followed in a covered outdoor café where with a delightful breeze we could chat and enjoy the lovely grounds.
We did it all! - A group of 21 TOHG members enjoyed spectacular bicycling from tip-to-tip on Prince Edward Island. We stayed at historic and luxurious hotels and inns, ate dinner each night at the same inns, and generally had fine weather, after the first two days of historic high temps. Prior to starting our bicycling adventure, many of us met in Lubec Me., the most eastern tip of the USA where we travelled across the bridge to Campobello Island, and toured the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt summer cottage, enjoyed mid-morning “tea with Eleanor”, shared in a Fun Facts tour and enjoyed the music and quilts on display as part of the island’s summer “Fog Fest”. We stayed in Charlottetown, the capitol city of PEI, for one night and took the opportunity to see “Anne of Green Gables, the Musical”, a delightful revue of the darling girl known and loved by so many. Upon arriving at our departure hotel in Mill River, we had a 15 mile “introductory” ride where we met a few of the many hills we would be navigating over the next 5 days. They were relentless, those hills.
Our rides varied from the beginning ride only in distance – from 50 miles the next day to 18 miles the last day, but were generally between 30-35 miles per day. We cycled mostly on country roads, but were occasionally on major roadways with rough edges and plenty of traffic. Not for the faint of heart. There were two minor accidents caused by drivers who did not respect the 3-foot clearance required for cyclists. No serious injuries, but some frayed nerves, for sure. The weather gods were kind to us, rain came on the next to last day, and only 4 riders got wet – the ones who were not fast enough to outride the rain! Our vacation was supported by Pedal and Sea Adventures and the crew were most helpful, knowledgeable, pleasant and fun to be with. We recommend them for their service and care.
ANNUAL PICNIC . . . Even without our fearless leader, Anne H., sixty-one of us enjoyed our day in the sun, eating lobsters, laughing and having fun. Anne experienced a fall a week ago that kept her from attending the picnic. Thank you, Anne, for all the hard work getting things done so that Barbara M. and Beverly C. could take the reins on Sunday and easily carry out a well-planned day. Anne’s expert leadership in this event for the ninth time made it a seamless transition given her at-tention to detail. Our annual event is always a winner!
Eight of us went in the pouring rain to a tasting & tour of the 1634 Meadery in Ipswich, MA. We tasted seven different meads and many of us enjoyed one or two of them well enough to buy a bottle. We were all given a glass to take home and we got a tour by the owner, Dan, who gave us a history of mead and a detailed tour and explanation of the meadery process. We learned that it takes about three pounds of honey to make a gallon of mead.
Those in the photo are: Jan U, Chris B, David R, Carol B, Dori C, Wendy R, Meredith P and Jane P.
High heat did not deter seven Gang members from circuiting the 2.5mile trail around Lake Waban in Wellesley. A few cool breezes helped. . Afterward, we enjoyed coffee and other drinks under a spreading Elm outside Peet's café in Wellesley. Participants were: Nancy B, Jan G, Nancy and Peter G, Barbara H, Martha M and Jim R.
With temperatures in nineties a hardy group of fifteen bikers braved the heat to make this ride. All but three decided to cut the ride short and they rode the entire twenty miles; Dan Y., Larry McC. & Stephanie O. Well done!
After the ride we meet at our house for our Annual 4th of July Cookout. Another group of twenty or more joined us there for the festivities. Food was plentiful and included munchies, salads, desserts. Also we had hotdogs and hamburgers cooked on the grill by our chief chef Al G. and assisted this year by Jane C. Thanks to both. Great conversations among friends is always a good time and a wonderful way to celebrate the 4th.
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