2015 Connecticut Trails Day & Bolton Land Trust Tales and Trails Hike

National Trails Day is one of our favorite “holidays” of the year. Connecticut Trails Day Weekend is our extended and local version of this holiday. Every year, we do something special. For the second year in a row, Debbie hosted one of the 200+ Connecticut Trails Day Events. She worked with her fellow board members from the Bolton Land Trust to put on the Tales and Trails Hike this afternoon.

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Tales and Trails was a family focused walk at the Lombardi Ridge Preserve in Bolton, our hometown. We walked the 1.5 mile loop and heard from four entertainers. As we made our way through the woods, there were four specified stops. At each location we stopped to listen.

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First we heard from Dorothy Hall, who told us all kinds of interesting facts about hawks and then read a story about two hawks (a romantic couple) that she saw outside her window. She quizzed us about what a group of hawks is. None of us knew that it is called a “kettle.” Dorothy is the Bolton Land Trust’s Artist in Residence. Years, ago, she drew the invitation for a talk that Debbie and I gave about our 2005 Long Trail End-to-End Hike. I’ve got to locate a copy of that sketch! Her artwork appears on every land trust event invitation that we receive in the mail.

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Second, we heard from Brian Miller, who read, The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein. He read the classic many times to his children and today, shared it for all the children and adults, who paused under the trees of Bolton on a beautiful afternoon.

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Third, we heard from Kris Treat, who read a Little Bear story that she often read to her boys when they were young. She joked that it was a “long yarn” and even had a ball of yarn as a prop. She did a great reading as we all sat around on the rocks.

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Lastly, we heard from Robbie Whitcomb, a fabulous local entertainer who has performed at land trust events in the past. He didn’t read a thing, but rather, rapped and recited some of his original work, including a poem called, “White Bread.” After Richard Treat, a fellow BLT board member, described Robbie’s accomplishments, he turned it over to our son, who is a fan, to introduce Mr. Robbie. Robbie stood high atop a large rock, which made the presentation more fun.

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We wrapped up the hike with a small gathering and enjoyed watermelon.

Trails Day is fantastic. The Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), of which I’m a board member, does fantastic work in getting people into nature. Horst Engineering has sponsored Trails Day for several years, and the Livingston Family is proud to help such a great effort.

1 Response to “2015 Connecticut Trails Day & Bolton Land Trust Tales and Trails Hike”


  1. 1 writingwingsforyou 8 June 2015 at 9:56 am

    What a lovely day…and a wonderful way to celebrate!


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