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There's no CLT hike in January, but get out there to enjoy a pristine new snowfall, the snap in the air and the crackle underfoot. February brings the full moon hike (Friday, the 2nd). Unwind from your harried week with a serene engagement with our closest neighbor in space. Last year was a beautiful stroll throught the forest, even in the cold. With the leaves off the trees, we saw the moon beautifully! Snowshoes were not required, but who knows what this year will bring. See the list of coming attractions​, below: venues still not etched in rock and the dates are still somewhat tentative. The 1874 Historic Colchester hike was so rich that we could not finish in one outing. One of the spring hikes will probably be bumped to make room for Gary Walter's continuation.

Past Hikes...

- November 4: We biked the Airline Trail and rural roads to the Fat Orange Cat, a small, seasonal farm brewery. It was a splendid autumn day! The ride was challenging, company was pleasant, the beer was great.​

- December 10:  The walking tour of the Colchester Historic District was a success! Eighteen folks, lead by Gary Walter and Sheila Tortorigi​ of the Colchester Historical Society, retraced a November 1874 Hartford Post newspaper article​. The walk ended at the Hayward House, where the Faskis allowed us to warm our feet and tummies, serving hot cider and cookies! 

- On Dec 30, I took a walk in the woods by my house. Does that count?

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Our goal is to help educate, entertain, and amuse! Usually this means a walk in the woods, but we may take to the water or the wheels. We occasionally bring in guests with a particular expertise in the natural world. Colchester Land Trust is here for you, offering  education, excerise, and land preservation. We are doing our small part to protect Earth from the Dark Lord of Mordor.

Preview of coming attractions (semi-firm; things could change!):

  • Feb 2 - Full Moon Snowshoe/Hike of the Bulkeley Hill Preservy
  • Mar 24 - co-sponsored with Cragin Memorial Lirbrary, a lecture and hike with Sam Ducharme (Appalachian Mountain Club)
  • Apr 14 and/or 15 - Stargazing at Cold Spring Farm and/or a geology outing on the Airline Trail
  • May 6 - Hike of the Meadowbrook Wildlife Management Area​
  • Jun 9 - Botany Hike at Day Pond
  • Jul 8 - Salmon River Soak: Zen forest bathing for the locals
  • Aug 12 - Kayak Adventure: maybe Red Cedar Lake, maybe elssewhere
  • Sep 8 - Bike Ride on the Airline Trail to the Willimantic Brew Pub
  • Oct 7 - Mushroom Hike, hopefully with the Connecticut Valley Mycological Society
  • Nov 4 - Tangletree Farm Ramble Tour
  • Dec 9 - Farm Tour of Cato Corner and others​

"The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem it will avail us little to solve all others." ― Theodore Roosevelt; Address to the Deep Waterway Convention, Memphis, TN, October 4, 1907​

" Thoreau’s love for nature sings off his journal pages in spring. His winter writing slices right into the heart. His entries, day after day, are testimony to the power of renewal and rebirth—and to the importance of harnessing the human sense of wonder to better understand and protect the Earth. In our age of the Anthropocene, as we distance ourselves from the cyclical rhythms of nature, we are disconnecting from our planet. Thoreau’s journal is a reminder of what is at stake."―Andrea Wulf; The Atlantic, November, 2017​

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