Hike Bluff Head-Guilford-4.2 mil-followed w GRAND HARVEST DINNER @ private home

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

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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."

LINKS: http://guilfordlandtrust.org/wordpress/properties/bluff-head-and-northwoods

Map: http://guilfordlandtrust.org/wordpress/maps/northwoodsmap.pdf

 

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  • Jill

    Thanks Corinne.... aka Jim F..going to try to make this for Thanksgiving!

    November 20, 2012

  • Jim F

    Pumpkin Upside-down Cake (You’ll never want pumpkin pie again!)


    3 eggs
    1 can pumpkin (29-32 oz)
    1 ¼ c sugar
    1 tsp nutmeg
    ½ tsp ginger
    2 tsp cinnamon
    12 oz evaporated milk (not condensed milk)
    1 pkg yellow cake mix
    ¾ c melted butter
    1 c chopped walnuts Preheat oven to 350;
    Lightly beat eggs;
    Add pumpkin, spices, milk and stir until well combined;
    Pour into ungreased 13 x 9 pan;
    Sprinkle dry cake mix over top;
    Drizzle melted butter over top (as evenly as possible;)
    Bake 30 minutes; Remove from oven & sprinkle walnuts over top;
    Return to oven and bake 30 minutes more.

    Serve with whipped cream.

    1 · November 9, 2012

  • Jim F

    Beer Bread


    3 c flour
    3 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp salt
    ¼ c sugar
    1 12 oz beer (any kind)
    ¾ stick butter, melted Preheat oven to 375;
    Grease loaf pan;
    Whisk dry ingredients together;
    Add beer & mix well;
    Pour batter into greased pan;
    Pour butter over top of batter;
    Bake for 1 hour.

    November 9, 2012

  • Jim F

    Hi everyone! Great party Barbara! It's Corinne, hijacking Jim's account. Here are both the beer bread and pumpkin cake recipes (in two successive posts, since there is a character limit). I used a Corona to make the bread so it had a "light" taste - if you use a stout or something heavy it will taste "beerier". I also think some herbs (like rosemary or garlic or dill) might be good to add to the bread, but haven't tried it yet.

    November 9, 2012

  • KAYAKING CT-MA-RI Sea & Riv A.

    Great Event, Thanks Barbara and everyone that came..
    I ATE MORE THAN MY STOMACHE COULD HOLD...

    November 4, 2012

  • LauraZ

    What a nice time enjoying good food and friends. Barb - as always - was a great hostess. Thanks for your hospitality!

    November 4, 2012

  • Dot

    Thanks Barbara It was great to see everyone again. Good fire

    November 4, 2012

  • Kathy~g

    It was great to see everyone again.....super pot luck. Thanks Barb....as always you're a great hostess and event planner!

    November 4, 2012

  • Rob P.

    Thanks, Barbara, for organizing this event and hosting the after party. Great food, fire, and friends - old and new!

    November 4, 2012

  • PLUMBER S.

    Super after party

    November 3, 2012

  • Jill

    Great time! Great hike. The food was incredible! Thanks, Barb for organizing and hosting.

    November 3, 2012

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