Fall Hike in Guilford & GRAND Fall Harvest Dinner
November 3 (Hike at 2PM) -- (GRAND Potluck Harvest Dinner at 5:30)
Hike Bluff Head, 4.2 mile loop hike, approx 2 - 2.5 hour hike (REALLY AND TRULY) at a medium to slow walking pace to peruse views
Address: approx 4550 Durham Rd Guilford.
Meeting Place: Rte 77 parking area for Mattabessett Trail
Park at the Bluff Head parking lot on Route 77, --Look for the small blue oval sign identifying the Mattabesett Trail on the west side of Route 77.
More Directions: Coming from 91 N, take Durham Exit onto route 68S to 17S to 77S. It is located 4.6 miles south of Durham Center or 4.3 miles north of Rte. 80 in Guilford
GRAND Fall Harvest Dinner: 5:30PM (at Barbara’s home; address to be disclosed to attendees).
Bring a harvest main course or side dish. We will have a grill—paper goods will be supplied. I have plenty of platters and serving utensils for you to use.
Please rsvp what you are bringing in the RSVP area, **NOT THE COMMENTS SECTION**.
Description of Hike:
Bluff head is the highest point in Guilford. At the top you will be above the 500 foot trap rock cliffs looking out over Meyer Huber Pond and a vast expanse of woodlands On a clear day we will see the office towers in Hartford to the north, the waters of Long Island Sound glistening to the south, and lots of color below.
We will take the most direct route up Bluff Head on the steep foot trail, marked with light blue blazes, reaching the bluff in less than half a mile followed with cliff walking trails with plenty of views.
Interesting History which points to Bluff head as part of a stone formation built by Native Americans to mark solstice sunrises.
One can note rocks in the shape of snakes, white quartz boulders, prayer seats and assorted cairns along the Hamnonassett line.
These stone displays are among the thousands discovered by Madison resident and retired engineer Tom Paul along what he calls the "Hammonasset Line." Paul believes the solar alignment runs from a Native American council rock on Long Island, across the Sound, through Madison and Killingworth, northwest through Waterbury and the Berkshires into the Catskills. He said he thinks many of the stone formations date back thousands of years and were constructed by Native Americans to mark the sunrise of winter solstice – when the Earth is farthest from the sun — and the sunset of summer solstice, when the Earth is closest to the sun.
"I believe this is Stonehenge-type stuff," Paul said. "I believe this line is ancient, thousands of years old. But why was the line built? Who built it? How many different groups of Native Americans observed the line? It's an enigma."