Eleven TOHG members stayed for two nights at the Lawrencian Ski House as guests of Joan H-B and we were able to hike both days, with Joan H-B and Jane P. co-leading. Hiking on both days was unexpected because rain had been predicted, but it only rained Wednesday night when we went for dinner at The Wildcat Tavern in Jackson (a lucky 2-for-1 special).
On Wed., we hiked about four miles in mild weather around Echo Lake in Bartlett, NH. Then we hiked on part of the White Horse Ledge Trail where we stood right at the impressive base wall of the White Horse Ledge, and finally we went over to Diana’s Baths. The waterfalls were more beautiful than ever with the sun gleaming down on the rock ledges.
Thursday, we hiked up Mt. Willard and it was a crisp, crystal-clear day so the views at the top were wonderful. We made two challenging stream crossings (as it had rained cats & dogs the night before). It definitely called for hiking poles for almost all of us! The foliage change appeared to be late in Crawford Notch this year, probably because they haven’t yet had enough cold nights. We shed off our jackets on the way up the mountain as it got warmer. By the way, there were LOTS of rocks! (Did they multiply over the last two years?!)
The members in the photo are (left to right): Joan W., Ellen W., Marie H., Ann T., Jane B., Chris B., Maureen S., Joan H-B, Jane P., Janet H. & Pat D.
On September 26th eleven members of the southwest mystery group took a short walk and visited the beautiful Ames mansion at Borderland State Park, where we viewed the annual art show and voted for our favorite entries. We had a short tour of the first floor of the mansion, which is quite impressive. We then lunched at the Norton Chateau where we enjoyed good food and a lovely water view of Lake Winnecunnet. The rain held off and we had a very nice day.
Attending were Faye S., Shirley MacP., Linda K., Elsie L., Ann C., Diane B., Marco A., Chuck and Susan H., Cathie P., and Betty F.
18 intrepid Gang members shrugged off potential rainstorms and small craft warnings and headed to Newburyport for a cruise on the 9th Wave. Before embarking on the 48-ft. catamaran, the captain warned the effects of Hurricane Florence would definitely be felt once we exited the mouth of the Merrimac. Nonetheless, we headed out to sea, got a taste of the choppy swells, and immediately headed back to the calm of the river. We then enjoyed a peaceful and beautiful river cruise under brightening skies. Once back on land, we regrouped for a terrific dinner at the Grog, and agreed we’d love to try it again next year.
This ride was a great success for the eighteen people who came out to enjoy the terrific weather! Perfect day for biking! The ten milers got ambitious and rode extra miles to make it maybe fifteen miles; and the twenty milers got back before the tens. It was another adventure with maybe a few minor mishaps - just another part that makes it another notch in our belts for another adventure. We rode by a bird sanctuary in a body of water filled with blooming lily-pads floating on the surface, over the Concord River, and past many beautiful horse farms.
Back at the house we had some great food and socializing until everyone left to watch the second half of the Patriot's game. I thank everyone for coming.
On Saturday September 8th, six of us did a 5-mile loop around Stiles reservoir. It was a mostly cloudy day with temps in the 60’s, a wonderful day for a walk and a great relief from the 90’s we had been having…
Stiles is an older lake, built to supply water (for power) to the woolen mills in Rochdale (a village in Leicester). Early on, most of the buildings on the lake were small summer homes or “camps”. Over the years, people converted many of them to all year round homes or in many places people bought up 2 and sometimes 3 small camps, tearing them down and building large all year-round homes.
We met at my home and walked counter-clockwise around the lake. We walked up my street to an old abandoned (sort of) road to the Dam (which recently went through a $2 million dollar repair), past the YWCA day camp (Camp Wind in the Pines) out onto Pine street and along the east end of the lake, turning onto Wilson Ave, a small one lane gravel road where there are still many of the small “camps” as well as some (almost) McMansions.
On the way back home, we passed through the Girl Scout Camp, stopping at the beach to rest on a picnic table and then went back to my home for a picnic lunch.
The Gang members in the photo are: Dawn M., Meredith P., Larry McC., Joe M. & Carol B.. (Jane P. took the picture.)
Forty-six of the Gang came to Marblehead for the annual Labor Day bike ride and cook-out. Despite 90-degree temperatures, most of the bikers headed to Nahant. Ten of us made it to the tip of the peninsula. As usual, there was also a shorter ride into Swampscott. This year, Joan S. offered to lead a history walk in the Town and 6 folks joined her.
Gang members brought munchies, salads, desserts and drinks. The Tritschlers provided hot dogs, sausages, and homemade hamburgers, which chef Al G. cooked to perfection. Ten new members enjoyed the conversations, and we all enjoyed the shade.
Below is a picture of some of the walkers who stopped in Marblehead for an ice cream break and air conditioning. Because it was Labor Day the historic buildings were closed, but we had a Walking Tour Historic Marblehead brochure with pictures that was a big help in identifying the buildings. Some of us did a little window shopping in some of the gift shops that were open.
Polly & Don
Some of the Western Mystery group, attended the performance of the Edward Twins@ the Greater Boston Stage Company ( formally known as the Stoneham Theatre). The twin brothers do an outstanding job of male and female vocalists. Their costumes and voices were amazing. We had dinner following the performance @ Sabatino's in Wakefield.
Those in attendance were Meredith P., Vittorio M., Lainey O'C., Jane G., Dave R., Stephanie N., Carol B. and our man behind the camera was Allan G..
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.
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