NOTE: Because of the tiny parking area at the trailhead, it has been suggested that we park by 9:30 in an area 1 mile south (parking area for Great Cedars West Conservation Area near Buddhist shrine) and use white Honda CRV shuttle car to bring everybody up to the trailhead. If you carpooled, drop off at upper trailhead and drive back down to lower lot to shuttle. Once at trailhead, check in with Carolyn at SECTA sign so we'll be ready to hit the trail at 10:00. For those of you that know me, you're welcome to park at my place at 9:00ish and car pool from there. Please contact me personally about this.
The PRESERVE is a 1000 acre wooded area bordering Westbrook, Essex and Old Saybrook. It is the last remaining undeveloped parcel of its size on the CT shoreline. The three towns are raising funds to purchase the tract and protect it for future recreational use. We will be amongst the first to hike there. See http://preserve1000acres.com/ for more info.
Carolyn and I will be your hosts for the event, but the hike will be led by Chris Cryder of savethesound.org , will be very informational and will be about 7 miles long over rolling terrain. Since there is no history of difficulty, I'm thinking that we should expect overall moderate with possible strenuous sections. Temps will be 25 in early morning and almost 50 in the afternoon.There is snow on the trail and the freeze/melt/freeze cycle has made it icy and slippery. The afternoon warmth will make it wet, slushy and muddy slippery. MICROSPIKES AND POLES STRONGLY SUGGESTED. LEGITIMATE HIKING BOOTS AND SHOES REQUIRED. Bring water and snacks. Dressing in layers will make the dramatic temp change tolerable.
Directly after hike, join us for food and drink and meet and greet at BILLS SEAFOOD at 548 Boston Post Rd in Westbrook. See www.billsseafood.com/ for more info. Bring cash, doesn't accept credit cards. Obviously, ATM on site.
John's cell is[masked] for any last minute stuff.
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