2014 Connecticut Trails Day

Happy Trails Day!

Today we had a double-header in Bolton, Connecticut.

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This morning, the kids and I walked over to the Bolton Heritage Farm (aka Rose Farm) for the first of two Connecticut Trails Day events. The Bolton Conservation Commission hosted a hike. The first part of the event was a historical overview of the farm, which is on the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route (W3R), which is a National Historic Trail.

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Hans DePold, our Town Historian, gave a spirited talk about the history of the farm. It is always fun to listen to him talk.

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After Hans spoke, we went on a hike with Rod Parlee and Matt “Twig” Largess, who are the dynamic duo when it comes to Bolton and trees. Twig is from Rhode Island, where he operates a Largess Forestry. With his passion for trees and charismatic nature, he belongs on the Discovery Channel.

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We measured some big ones in the Oak Grove and then continued on the Rose Trail towards the Hop River Rail Trail junction. The kids and I split off and returned home for our intermission.

In the afternoon, we returned to the farm for another event. This one was led by Debbie and involved  one mile hike/scavenger hunt for kids. It was a real hit with more than 75 adults and children in attendance.

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Debbie led the kids through some warm up exercises, and then took them on a loop of the farm.

The weather was glorious today, unlike last year’s Trails Day Weekend which was a total washout. I can’t wait to hear how the other 100+ events coordinated by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, went. Once again, Horst Engineering and Thread Rolling Inc. were Trails Day Weekend sponsors.

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With the great weather, there should be a record number of participants.

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We will be returning to the farm later this month for the kickoff of the Bolton Summer XC Series. If you haven’t done one of these Wednesday night races, then you are missing out on a jewel of summer. See you on the trails!

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