2019 Connecticut Trails Day

I’m so pleased that the weather turned out great for Connecticut Trails Day Weekend. This annual nationwide celebration of trails is even more popular in Connecticut. Our little state has more than 200 events. The driving force behind this effort is the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA).

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I’m a longtime member of the CFPA Board of Directors and HORST Engineering is a longtime sponsor of Trails Day. So, you could say that I’m biased. Of course, who would argue that Trails Day is a bad thing?

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Getting people outside to enjoy nature is a primary goal for CFPA, and for me too. I got my day started early. By 6:00 A.M. I was out for a bike ride on my new Seven Cycles Evergreen XX. I spent some time on the roads of Bolton, Rockville, and Manchester, but I also spent some time on the Hop River State Park, otherwise known as the “rail trail.” This is our rail trail and we are fortunate to have access to it right out our front door. Mixed surface rides are perfect for my new Evergreen.

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Dahlia and I dropped Shepard at a Scouts BSA Troop 25 Eagle Scout project so that he could pitch in and get some service hours towards his own requirements. Then we visited HORST too say hello to some of our Saturday shift colleagues. After that, we went to Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford for a Trails Day event. This was a 1.5-mile Educational Walk that featured an arborist and a tour of the notable trees. Cedar Hill is a famous and beautiful cemetery in Hartford’s south end.

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I’ve written about it several times. Debbie and I did the Cedar Hill 4-Miler on three occasions in 2011, 2010, and 2008. Each year, the race was named for a famous “resident” of the cemetery. Check out those posts linked to the year. They are fun and informative. Dahlia hadn’t been back there since I pushed her in our Chariot eight years ago. I doubt she remembers! I’ve been back a few times on my bicycle. I like to ride through there on occasion.

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The tree walk was excellent and we learned a lot. We got to see a former state champion Japanese Maple and a current state champion Copper Beech. There was a good turnout for this walk. I’m certain that the turnout for events all over the state will be aided by the good weather.

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Our last stop was at the Emanuel Synagogue Cemetery just down the street from Cedar Hill. That’s where my grandparents Harry (Horst) and Sylvia are buried. Their graves are next to my great-aunt and great-uncle, Pearl and Lionel Israel. Pearl was my grandmother’s sister. Harry lived until the age of 86. Sylvia made it to 95. However, Pearl and Lionel died a week apart from each other at the ages of 64 and 65. That was sad week 32+ years ago and I remember it vividly. Dahlia hadn’t been there since my grandmother’s funeral back in 2011, and she doesn’t remember that, so it was fun to visit and pay our respects.

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We returned to Bolton, picked up Shepard and were home by 1:00 P.M. That’s how you fill a Saturday morning! Tomorrow is the Goodwin Forest Trail Runs, part of the Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series. The Trails Day Weekend fun will continue then.

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