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The flower that smiles to-day To-morrow dies; All that we wish to stay Tempts and then flies. What is this world's delight? Lightning that mocks the night, Brief even as bright. Virtue, how frail it is! Friendship how rare! Love, how it sells poor bliss For proud despair! But we, though soon they fall, Survive their joy, and all Which ours we call. Whilst skies are blue and bright, Whilst flowers are gay, Whilst eyes that change ere night Make glad the day; Whilst yet the calm hours creep, Dream thou—and from thy sleep Then wake to weep. Hi Looking for hikists for an Early Morning Hike in Connetquot River State Park Preserve in Oakdale to Bayard Cutting Arboretum on Tuesday, April 23. We will meet at the Connetquot River State Park entrance off of NY 27 North, walk around for 1 ½ hours and then head to Bayard Cutting, which opens at 10:00 AM, and return to the cars in Connetquot at around 11:30 - 11:45 AM. We will meet at 8:25 AM and start hiking at 8:30 AM. ( a bit later than usual.) The hike will be about 7 miles long on mostly flat terrain and we will walk at a moderate pace. (No hiker left behind). A brief respite for a refreshing repose somewhere along the way is to be expected. (Hey!!! We got retired folk here!!) Come enjoy the charming and calming woods, aerobic exercise, forest perambulating, gorgeous flowers and flowering trees and a spirit of adventure. Directions to Trail Head: Meet in the main entrance parking lot on the North side of NY 27. From the West take NY 27 to exit 47A, Oakdale-Bohemia Rd. and follow the U turn signs to the park. From the East continue on NY 27 to the park entrance on the right. Address: 3525 Sunrise Hwy, Oakdale, NY 11769. NOTA BENE: Always check your email before leaving your home to see if the hike has been cancelled or modified. You can phone or text me at[masked]. And, please, if you RSVP, “yes”, let me know if your plans have changed. We wait for you. RSVP ASAP. You can’t have too many hikists at the Connetquot River State Park Preserve and Bayard Cutting.