Oh no…

As is my habit I pre-walked, or tried to pre-walk, the Berwick preserve for tomorrow’s Pancake Breakfast walk. It seems that either a tract of land has been sold, or there’s been a change in an access easement that allows access to that Avalonia Land Conservancy preserve. A “Private Property” sign is posted at the start of the access road.

I tried to contact the Conservancy and left a voice mail on their office phone requesting clarification. As of now (7:00 p.m.) I’ve had no clarification.

Regretfully, I need to cancel tomorrow’s walk and I apologize for the short notice.

Colonel Ledyard Park Success…

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.

Short hike, short notice…

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.

Pancake Breakfast Walk March 2nd

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.

Please Note: Before hiking with us you should read the About section of this blog which contains Hiking Guidelines and our Release of Liability.

Avery Preserve, East & West

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The Avery Preserve is located on Avery Hill Road to the North of its intersection with Route 214. There is a small, rocky, parking area on the East side of Avery Hill Road, opposite the entrance to the West side … Continue reading

What do I want…

This blog is meant to serve a purpose. Three actually, that focus on walking, local walking resources and trails, long term improvement to community.

First, I want this blog to begin to raise awareness of the many walking – not around the High School track or an athletic field – options that exist for walking in Ledyard (Connecticut), the green spaces, and trails in our community. For this blog to raise awareness of the bounty of similar areas within our state and neighboring Rhode Island, and to occasionally explore similar areas globally.

Second, I want the first goal to lead to a better community, one where neighbors and more distant residents know each other, spend time together, share ideas, goals, and accomplishments. What may start out as maintaining a neighborhood trail should grow into developing new areas and trails, and then engender the restoration of neighborhoods that include sidewalks, small parks, benches, neighbors who know, care, and support one another.

Third, that those neighborhood communities begin to take what they have found through the sharing of ideas, time, talent, work, dreams, goals, and accomplishment to family, friends, co-workers in other areas.

So, to get started; I’d like to have 1,000 likes and 250 followers for this blog in the next 12 months.

And, that by next October to have led 6 monthly walks on local trails with an average participation of 15 people.

It’s only a dream until it becomes a reality…