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Our meetup group schedules hikes regularly for both the advanced hiker looking for long and strenuous workouts as well as the less serious hiker looking for shorter and more moderate walks. We hike all the trails and preserves in the Litchfield County area and often venture into New York and Massachusetts. Our focus is on exercise, making friends, and appreciating nature. We usually follow each hike with a social gathering at a local eatery.

This group is unique in that there is strong emphasis on learning about the diverse flora and fauna of Connecticut's wooded habitats and its ecology. I recently completed the DEEP/Goodwin Forest Master Naturalist program and love sharing the things I find exciting about the areas we explore. I am also really interested in CT history. When I'm not leading hikes for Litchfield County Explorers, I guide hikes professionally for the Mayflower Inn in Washington, CT and internationally for Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel. I am certified as an AMC hike leader and in wilderness first aid from the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Please join us!

Rami Haxhi

Upcoming events (3)

Five-Year Anniversary Sunset Hike

Macricostas Preserve

Let's see the sun go down on Lake Waramaug. Litchfield County Explorers' first hike was five years ago on this date. The sun will set at 4:30. Bring your head lamp. Post-hike festivities to be determined...Hope to see some familiar friendly faces.

RESCHEDULED~ ****SOLD OUT***** Crystal Bowersox @ Daryl's House in Pawling, NY

The Crystal Bowersox show originally scheduled for April 26th Daryl's House & postponed to August 5th is now postponed to March 31, 2021. All tickets for the original date will be honored for the new date. If you have any questions about this event or want to request a refund, notify TicketWeb, either by e-mail to [masked], or by telephone at[masked]. You should have received an email regarding this with instructions on how to receive a refund if you do not want to attend the rescheduled show August 5th. Please let me know that you have received your email regarding the postponement & what you decide to do about the event. Let's get together for dinner & a show Crystal Bowersox, a singer, songwriter and actress who was the runner-up on the ninth season of American Idol will be preforming at Daryl's House in Pawling. If you wish to see her, you must purchase your tickets ASAP online via the link below. You must also choose Reserved Table Seating for 6:00 or 6:30. If you choose General Admission, you will not get a seat. I will call the venue a few days before the show to arrange for all who sign up here to sit together. I will need everyone's last name in order to reserve a table~ PM as the event gets closer. Dinner, drinks, appetizers , etc.. are the responsibility of each person & separate checks will make it easier for all. Please message me if you have any questions. https://www.ticketweb.com/event/crystal-bowersox-daryls-house-tickets/10197665?pl=daryl

Patagonia - Torres Del Paine W Circuit

Torres del Paine National Park

The W Circuit within the UNESCO-World Heritage site, Torres del Paine, draws hikers from around the world. If you're at a loose end next Christmas and New Year, join our small group for a 7 day, 6 night, Patagonian adventure during the Southern Hemisphere's summer. The W circuit is a well-trodden hiking trail that takes the shape of a “W” when seen on the map below. It covers approximately 35 miles, but this distance is divided into three sectors with strategically located Refugios (hostels). The three key valleys on the W Trek are: - the Grey Valley on the western side; - the French Valley in the center; - the Ascencio Valley on the eastern side. The itinerary below includes a hike to the Torres base, the area beside the lagoon at the feet of the iconic three needle-carved, vertically-sided towers of granite rock; the French Valley with its hanging glaciers and steep-sided valley walls, and the amazing Grey Glacier coming down to meet Grey lake where it calves into blue icebergs. And, of course, the stunning natural scenery that accompanies the W Trail we'll be following. Itinerary (tbc): 12/24 - JFK to Santiago (10 1/2 hour overnight non-stop flight) 12/25 - Santiago to Puerto Natales (3 1/2 hour AM flight). Hotel in Puerto Natales for Christmas lunch/dinner 12/26 - Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine (2 hour AM bus ride). 2 1/2 hour hike to Refugio Chileno (optional 4 hour afternoon hike to Torres base). 12/27 - 5 hr hike to Refugio Cuernos (optional extra 4 hour sunrise hike to Torres base) 12/28 - 5 hour hike to Refugio Paine Grande (optional extra 5 hour detour via French Valley) 12/29 - 4 hour hike to Refugio Grey 12/30 - Hike and catamaran to Pudeto, then bus to Hotel in Puerto Natales 12/31 - Puerto Natales to Santiago. (3 1/2 hr flight). Hotel in Santiago 1/1/21 - New Year's Day in Santiago. SCL to JFK (10 1/2 hour non-stop) If you'd like more information, please join the wait list or message me. You'll be asked for your email address - I'll follow up with you from there. Note: It's possible to extend your trip (e.g. go south to Punta Arenas, Magellan Straits or Antarctica after Puerto Natales).

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Sunset Hike @ Macricostas Preserve 4+ miles

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