Spring is here, so we’re probably all busy getting yards and gardens cleaned up and ready for the year. Here I’m busy making over my gardening and yardening after taking the UConn Cooperative Extension Service Master Gardener course last year. Layered on top of that is all that I’m learning from volunteering at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center’s Giving Garden at Coogan Farm in Mystic about no-till-no-dig and bionutrient intensive farming.
So instead of cutting back on other activities, like this blog, I’m going to be ramping up my use of social media. Specifically, LedyardWalks will become more outdoors, nature oriented. As that happens there may some format changes as this evolves.
The walks will not change, my Pancake Breakfast Walk on the 1st Saturday of every month will continue. I’ll also be doing additional walks in Southeastern Connecticut, and nearby Rhode Island.
If you have a particular walk, or topic, you’d like to see covered in LedyardWalks let me know through the comments.
After two postponements we finally got the Colonel Ledyard Park Loop Trail walked yesterday. The dusting of snow that we had Friday night was essentially melted away before we started the walk.
Some of the wheel ruts were wet enough that we had to go off trail to get around them. Several of the springs along the trail were flowing pretty strongly, also creating pools of water in the downstream low spots on the trail.
One of the points of interest on the hike were the remains of the Randall Holdridge (1808-1885) house. There’s still the dug well and three stone walls that possibly formed the foundation for the house. A Girl Scout project to mark and provide information help make this trail more interesting.
The next scheduled hike will be the Pancake Breakfast Hike on April 6th. We’ll leave from Ledyard Congregational Church, come early if you want a free, or good will donation, breakfast before we leave at 9:30. We’ll need to carpool since there will be limited parking at the hike site.
A check this afternoon of the weather forecast for Saturday shows extended rain from Friday through the night and into Saturday morning. I’m still walking…
But will definitely be in waterproof footwear and rain gear. Temps will probably be a little cooler but it could warm up quickly if the sun comes out earlier than currently forecast. Make sure you’re dressed in layers and can adjust your comfort level with changes in the weather.
Other than that, the walk is still on and I’ll see you at Colonel Ledyard Park pavilion for our 9:30 a.m. start.
If you can make it I’ll be walking the Colonel Ledyard (FKA: Blonder’s) Park loop trail. This is the hike that was previously delayed by a bug and some snow.
I’ll be starting from the Colonel Ledyard Park pavilion at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23rd. There are some rough spots on the trail and depending on Thursday’s weather there could be some water and mud. The trail is 1.3-1.5 miles but you’ll still need to dress warmly since lows Friday night will be in the 30ºs.
Be sure to read the guidelines, on the About page, if you plan on joining me Saturday.
I’m looking forward to walking with you and it’ll be a great warm up for the Pancake Breakfast walk on Saturday, April 6th.
The National Weather Service has just issued an update to this morning winter storm advisory and based on the continuation of snowfall, trail conditions yesterday, and road conditions this morning’s hike of the Colonel Ledyard Park Loop Trail is cancelled. Safety is paramount and conditions warrant caution.
Rather than shift the monthly Pancake Breakfast Hikes again I’ll reschedule this hike for another weekend day this month. Check back for updates.
We’re going to be walking the loop trail in Colonel Ledyard Park this coming Saturday, March 2nd, 2019. We’ll be leaving from the Ledyard Congregational Church’s monthly Pancake Breakfast (7:30-10:30, Free or donation) at 9:30 for the short drive to Colonel Ledyard Park off Colonel Ledyard Highway. If you want to have breakfast before the hike please plan your time accordingly, you may also meet up at Colonel Ledyard Park near the pavilion.
This is an easy to moderate hike, some rutted, stoney trails and moderate elevation changes. There are several marked archaeological sites, foundations, etc., along the trail. The trail is through second growth hardwood forest, crosses one seasonal stream/marsh area on the way to the loop. Additional information can be found at All Trails (click here).
Weather forecast for this hike currently shows a likelihood of showers, with temperatures in the 30-40’s (30’s most likely for the hike), so dress appropriately.
PleaseNote: Before hiking with us you should read the About section of this blog which contains Hiking Guidelines and our Release of Liability.