• Bring your own tube AGAIN... River Tubing, picnic, ice cream: Unionville CT

    Bring a PARTIALLY filled tube. Do not fill it full. Meet in the parking lot. Bring water shoes or old gym shoes. Bring a dry bag for your keys (they MUST remain with you the entire time). You MUST bring a life preserver/personal flotation device. I have one extra tube. Message me - don't post comment - if you wish to borrow it. We will likely see fly fishermen along the river. Distance: ? It's a river... we'll float from point B back to point A, where we've left some of the cars. I cannot predict timing . Equipment: WATER SHOES, Sunscreen, hat is a good idea, a dry bag, WATER, snack. We will have our picnic AFTER we tube so your picnic can remain in your car. There's also the possibility of miniature golf after the picnic, pending heat index! Inappropriate wear may actually tubing difficult for you and if you have difficulty it will impact the other hikers. Denim/jeans are never acceptable with this group. PETS: not for tubing trips... sorry *unless pet is named Maverick. LEGAL: By clicking "Yes" to RSVP for this event you agree, warrant, and covenant as follows: In consideration for accepting this entry, I, the registrant, intending to be legally bound, for myself, my heirs, my executors and administrators, do waive and release any and all rights for damages I may have against any parties or persons connected with the Connecticut Hiking Alliance for and related to the above listed event. I attest and verify that I am physically fit to participate in any portion of this above listed event. I grant the Connecticut Hiking Alliance permission to use any photographs, film or videotapes of this event for any purpose. The Connecticut Hiking Alliance takes and posts a great many photos. If you are in the witness protection program or camera shy, this group is not for you. To communicate with an individual member(s) - message them directly (through meet up). Meetup sites all have message functions for conversations between members. APRES: PICNIC - bring your own. This is not a potluck. We will picnic riverside after the tube. Thus you might want dry clothes, a chair/beach blanket. Then we will have ICE CREAM.

  • Return to the BLACK TRAIL and Bash Bish Falls

    64 Miles Rd

    This hike is "waiting list only" format and for adventuresome hikers. Only those who have hiked with the leader AND known to be adventuresome will move to the Yes List. You will be put on the wait list when you signup and moved to the Yes list if known to be suited to this adventure by the leader.b (Article and/or cover photo on Soldier of Fortune secures your spot, when you are unknown to the leader.) We will have a chance or two to get IN the river so plan on getting wet. We will also have a water crossing. As with all Connecticut Hiking Alliance events, please do not use the "no rsvp" unless you previously rsvp'd yes and need to change your plans. We make this request because all rsvp responses become emails to the leaders. If you have not signed up as a yes, then we already know you are a "no". Other groups may have a different rsvp preference. Equipment/Hiking Wear: As with all Connecticut Hiking Alliance hikes, hiking shoes/hiking boots are a must as we hike on trails not walking paths. Cotton is NOT appropriate wear when you sweat and cool therefore please select your hiking apparel with this in mind... denim is off limits as it becomes heavy and uncomfortable hindering your ability to hike and keep pace with the group. If you have trouble on the hike, you will negatively impact the enjoyment for the rest of the group. Après: of course! Please bring energy snacks, water and all gear on the hike safe essentials list: hikesafe.com. Wear appropriate hiking clothing (no cotton) and footwear. Bring a copy of the map and a charged cell phone for emergencies. It is your responsibility to remain with the group during the entire event and let the leader know if you are having difficulties. You will not lead. We may alter the planned event if conditions dictate; we are not trained medical professionals and carry minimal 1st aid supplies. Legal: The Connecticut Hiking Alliance is a not for profit group. Its leaders are volunteers. By clicking "Yes" to RSVP for this event you agree, warrant, and covenant as follows: In consideration for accepting this entry, you, the registrant, intending to be legally bound, for yourself, your heirs, your executors & administrators, do waive & release any & all rights for damages you may have against any parties or persons connected with the Connecticut Hiking Alliance & its leaders for & related to the above listed event. You attest & verify that you are physically fit to participate, share in the responsibility for your own safety & the safety of the group & have skills, equipment & supplies for these activities which include risks & dangers that can cause or lead to injury, property damage, illness, mental or emotional trauma, paralysis, disability or death to participant or others. Some, but not all of these risks include: hazardous & unpredictable ground, water or weather conditions; misjudgments made by leaders, co-leaders, participants or others; travel in remote areas that can cause potential delays or difficulties with transportation, evacuation & medical care; equipment that can fail or malfunction; the potential that the participant or others (e.g. co-participant, driver, medical and rescue personnel) may act carelessly or recklessly. I understand that CHA cannot assure participant's safety or eliminate any of these risks. Participant is voluntarily participating with knowledge of the risks. Therefore, participant (and parent/s of minors) assume & accept full responsibility for the inherent and other risks (both known and unknown) of these activities, & for any injury, damage, death or other loss suffered by participant, resulting from those risks. I (adult participant, and/or Parent/s) for themselves and on behalf of their participating minor child agree to release & not to sue. You grant the Connecticut Hiking Alliance permission to use any photographs, film or videotapes of this event for any purpose. NOTE: To communicate with a specific member open their profile and message them directly through meet up “Message” option.

  • 26 Acts of Kindness #74; Harvest fruit & veggies for Food Share PLUS cookout!

    The Lockwood Farm - NEAR but NOT at (read the Meetup):

    Our annual do good for Food Share! Join Wade at The Lockwood Farm, in Hamden, CT. We will harvest fruits/vegetables for the Connecticut Food Bank. Then we will have extras to make our own Italian Dinner... right there on the farm holding our own cook-out (Apres). Sometimes we get to take home fresh fruits/veggies for ourselves too. Please do NOT use the "no" RSVP function unless you need to cancel from a "yes". This is a preference for all Connecticut Hiking Alliance events. Other groups may have a different preference. Equipment: Work gloves required. Also bring water to hydrate yourself as we will be working outside. Sunscreen is another good idea. Maybe a hat. The Lockwood Farm is a research farm that belongs to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. This is the farm where Hybrid corn was invented in 1917 by Donald F. Jones. Wade is an agricultural scientist and has been with this institution for over 25 years. Links: Lockwood Farm (http://www.ct.gov/caes/cwp/view.asp?a=2812&q=345284) Directions to Lockwood Farm (http://www.ct.gov/caes/cwp/view.asp?a=2812&q=376380) Connecticut Food Bank - http://www.ctfoodbank.org Apres-Act: Yes - We will pick extra tomatoes and and make simple spaghetti sauce on site. We will pick a veggie - perhaps eggplant - to have a side of grilled veggies! We will bring pasta to boil on the grill. We pick apples & have hot cinnamon apples for dessert. Please read the description as you will find a sign up for the Apres supplies too. We will cook & eat what we harvest. Legal Stuff: By clicking on "Yes" for this event you agree, warrant, & covenant as follows: In consideration for accepting this entry, I, the registrant, intending to be legally bound, for myself, my heirs, my executors and administrators, do waive and release any & all rights for damages I may have against any parties or persons connected with the Connecticut Hiking Alliance for and related to the above listed event. I attest and verify that I am physically fit to participate in any portion of this above listed event. I grant the Connecticut Hiking Alliance permission to use any photographs, film or videotapes of this event for any purpose. The Connecticut Hiking Alliance is known for posting MANY photographs. If you do not like to have your photograph taken/posted, then this group is not for you. Items needed for Apres (please post ONE comment as to what you will bring). The FIRST to sign up for an item brings it. If you sign up second, you'll be bringing something else! Everybody brings their own beverage. We eat what we pick... so if the food item is not on the list below... don't bring it. We make our meal & dessert from the farm pickings! 1. 5 pounds of pasta 2. 2 lbs wheat pasta & paper towel 3. 1 lb. gluten free pasta & pasta strainer 4. olive oil, salt, pepper 5. Locatelli romano cheese (and parm too) and grater 6. 5 crusty baguettes 7. ONE large pot (for boiling pasta ... a pot that can go on a grill or campstove) & utensils & Paper plates & paper bowls 8. ONE large pot (for making sauce on the grill or campstove) & utensils & napkins 9. two-burner camp stove & fuel and matches 10. plastic utensils (knives, fork. s and spoons) 11. Tin foil & at least 2 cutting boards & 2 sharp knives 12. Large packet of wet wipes & 1 garlic bulb 13. butter (real butter, not margarine), cinnamon 14. small portable grill and charcoal & grill utensils 15. portable burner with propane & large pot & ladle & pasta strainer 16. One more portable grill & charcoal 17. Vegetable grill pans &/or skewers and paper or plastic table cloths 18. Grill utensils, serving utensils & ladle, pasta strainers & fresh basil 19. trash bags EVERYBODY bring your own: BYOB, chair, water, bug spray, cork screw, etc. We have restrooms and a refrigerated water fountain. Sign up for ONE item above in comment section. Avoid responding to others comments as we have plenty of comments without requesting them!

  • Camping at Fisherman’s Memorial State Park for Shark Dive & Sachuest hike events

    Fishermen's Memorial State Park and Campground

    RI Weekend! See other day events posted too. For those who are attending the Shark dive event on Saturday August 31st and/or the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge hike and swim event on Sunday September 1st and/or the Ninigret Wildlife Refuge hike on Monday September 2nd; consider spending the weekend camping at Fisherman’s Memorial State Park in Galilee (Narragansett Rhode Island). There are plenty of things for you to do even if you are not participating in both events: Kayak Narrow River (Rentals are available at Narrow River Kayaks) Roger W. Wheeler State Beach Scarborough State Beach Beavertail Point State Park in Jamestown Newport Rose Island Day Trip to Block Island Green Animals Topiary Garden (a 50 minute drive, but worth checking out!) The cost for a tent campsite is $18 per night. You are allowed 2 tents per campsite (but only 1 vehicle). Reservations must be made through Reserve America: https://www.reserveamerica.com/explore/fishermens-memorial-state-park/RI/252611/overview Or you can call:[masked] The tent camping area is filling up quickly because of the holiday weekend, so I would recommend booking a tent campsite as soon as possible. I booked tent campsite #122 (in area 3), Friday August 30th – Tuesday September 3rd. The total cost is $88.75. Please go into the link provided above (or call) to reserve your campsite. After you reserved your campsite, please contact me directly via meetup and provide me with the campsite number. I will then move you from the “waitlist” to “going”. NOTE: Because we are booking prior to June 1st, we have to book 4 nights minimum (You can change your length of stay after June 1st).

  • Taconic Crest Traverse End to End- 36 miles Day Hike

    Taconic Crest Trail @Rt20

    The Taconic Crest Trail is a 36-mile hiking trail in the Taconic mountains. The trail runs along the border of NY/VT/MA from route NY-346 to route US-20. This is the 4th hardest hike in the list of North East Ultra 8. We will hike North to South elevation gain 8500ft, most of the hike is on the ridge. We will meet in the morning at 5 am at the END of the hike US 20, and leave our cars there, shuttle to the START of the hike at NY-346. RSVP for the waitlist, you will be moved to going if you have hiked 20 miles in the last 3 months. Lodging: Lenox Inn, 525 Pittsfield Rd, Lenox, MA 01240 We should bring 3 liters of water as there is no water source for at least half the distance and we may stash water on our drive to hike at mile 24 (RT 43), so bring 1 gallon of water. I will bring water filter but the water source will be at the last 1/3 section of the hike. The last 10 miles are relatively easy with minor ups and downs. Check the elevation profile in photos. There is cell service throughout the trail just in case of an emergency. Sunrise: 6:15 am Sunset: 7:26 pm End of Hike & Initial Meeting Spot on Rt. 20:[masked], [masked] Start of Hike on Rt. 346:[masked], [masked] It is a 35 min drive between the start of the hike and the end of the hike. Things To Bring: sunblock/protection, spare socks to help prevent blisters, blister tape, GPS device/app, water to stash, map, headlamp, spare headlamp, spare batteries for headlamp(s), insect repellant, food, water. The Taconic Hiking Club offers patches for finishers of the entire Taconic Crest Trail! http://taconichikingclub.org/ Connecticut Hiking Alliance is not for profit group and its leaders are volunteers. By clicking on "Yes" to RSVP for this event you agree, warrant, and covenant as follows: In consideration for accepting this entry, you, the registrant, intending to be legally bound, for yourself, your heirs, your executors, and administrators, do waive and release any and all rights for damages you may have against any parties or persons connected with the Connecticut Hiking Alliance and its’ leaders for and related to the above-listed event. You attest and verify that you are physically fit to participate, share in the responsibility for your own safety and the safety of the group and have skills, equipment and supplies for these activities which include risks and dangers that can cause or lead to injury, property damage, illness, mental or emotional trauma, paralysis, disability or death to participant or others. Some, but not all of these risks include: hazardous and unpredictable ground, water or weather conditions; misjudgments made by leaders, co-leaders, participants or others; travel in remote areas that can cause potential delays or difficulties with transportation, evacuation and medical care; equipment that can fail or malfunction; the potential that the participant or others (e.g. co-participant, driver, medical and rescue personnel) may act carelessly or recklessly. I understand that CHA cannot assure the participant's safety or eliminate any of these risks. The participant is voluntarily participating with knowledge of the risks. Therefore, the participant (and parent/s of minors) assume and accept full responsibility for the inherent and other risks (both known and unknown) of these activities, and for any injury, damage, death or other loss suffered by the participant, resulting from those risks. I (adult participant, and/or Parent/s) for themselves and on behalf of their participating minor child agree to release and not to sue. You grant the Connecticut Hiking Alliance permission to use any photographs, film or videotapes of this event for any purpose.

  • CHA Shark Diving Adventure (RI Weekend event day 1)

    “You go in the cage, cage goes in the water, you go in the water. Shark’s in the water, our shark” - Quint 1975. Everyone will meet dockside at 6:00 am. Departure time is 6:30 am sharp! Our destination will be 20 – 25 miles off the Rhode Island coast (Open Ocean), so expect about a 21/2 hour boat ride. Depending on our course, there might be an option to checkout the Block Island wind farm which became operational on December 2016. Once we arrive at our location (The captain will decide on the location) the shark cage and the floating surface observation platform are lowered into the ocean and the chumming process begins. It can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 3 hours to attract the sharks. When the sharks arrive, the captain will decide if we're gonna need a bigger boat. Please note that there is no guarantee we will see sharks. The Blue shark (Prionace glauca) is the most common shark you'll see off the Rhode Island coast. This shark has a sleek and slender profile and is known for its iridescent blue color and long pectoral fins. These sharks range in size from 4 feet to 13 feet. Other marine life we might encounter include: whales, Atlantic White sided dolphins, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Ocean Sunfish. Depending on the conditions, the water visibility can range between 15 to 60 feet. The ocean temperature will be around 70 degrees, so if you plan on snorkeling, you should wear a wetsuit (A 6.5 mm full wetsuit will keep you plenty warm). Wetsuits can be rented from local Connecticut dive shops. Message me directly (through meetup) if you need assistance renting a wetsuit. There are 3 ways to observe the sharks: 1. As a non-diving observer from the boat. You won’t miss out on seeing the sharks since they come to the surface to feed on the chum. Cost - $[masked]. 2. As a snorkel diver – This is the preferred method for observing the sharks. You’ll be in the water observing the sharks from the safety of a floating surface observation platform. This platform is at water level and will safely hold 3 snorkelers. You must bring a wetsuit, mask, fins, and snorkel. Cost - $250.00 3. As a scuba diver (You must be certified) – A full shark cage is provided so you can safely view the sharks underwater. The shark cage will accommodate 2 scuba divers comfortably. Cost - $[masked]. You must pay the full amount upfront to reserve your spot. YOUR PAYMENT IS NON-REFUNDABLE, UNLESS THE CAPTAIN CANCELS. This means if you back out (for any reason) you will NOT receive a refund unless there is someone on the waitlist to take your spot. When signing up for this event you will automatically be placed on the Waitlist and I will contact you regarding payment information. After I receive your NON-REFUNDABLE payment I will move you from the Waitlist to Going. We usually start heading back to shore around 3:00 pm. Should arrive back at the dock by 5:00 pm. WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Atlantic Ocean can be extremely rough at times. If you are prone to sea sickness, load up on Bonine or Dramamine an hour before we set out!!! Marina Address: 33 State Street Narragansett, RI United States 02882 Apres: 1230 Ocean Bistro (Formerly Hammerhead Grill) 1230 Ocean Road Narragansett, RI Approximately 2 miles from the marina. If anyone is interested in spending the weekend: Tent camping is available at Fisherman’s Memorial State Park in Narragansett RI. This campsite is 1.7 miles (6 minute car ride) from the boat. The tent camping area tends to fill up rather quickly, so I would recommend booking a tent campsite as soon as possible. You are allowed 2 tents per campsite (but only 1 car). The cost for a campsite is $18 per night. Reservations must be made through Reserve America: https://www.reserveamerica.com/explore/fishermens-memorial-state-park/RI/252611/overview Or you can call:[masked]

  • Sachuest Point Nat'l Wildlife Refuge hike/swim - RI Weekend Day 2

    Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

    Wear water shoes. We're headed back to one really cool hike/swim/hike/swim/hike/swim... snorkel. Swimming and snorkeling optional! Getting feet wet Not optional! Many opportunities to jump in the water! Perfect for beginner hikers! This little hike is very scenic and along the Rhode Island shoreline. We will have at least 8 spots to access the water and cool off on this easy mini hike. A great part 2 for the previous day's outing. With lots of rocks to climb too! If you like to snorkel bring gear! Chris has extra masks which he will bring! Distance: insignificant... less than 5... but oh so beautiful and fun. Pace: casual!!... we are here to enjoy nature. Food and Drink: A snacks and water. Equipment: Bathing suit, water shoes, Snorkel gear, beach towels, sunscreen, Bug repellent etc... APRES: TBD - Flo's Clam Shack, or Brick Alley Pub, or The Red Parrot. CARPOOL: Make your own arrangements - or join us camping! If anyone is interested in spending the weekend: Tent camping is available at Fisherman’s Memorial State Park in Narragansett RI. The tent camping area tends to fill up rather quickly, so I would recommend booking a tent campsite as soon as possible. You are allowed 2 tents per campsite (but only 1 car). The cost for a campsite is $18 per night. I booked tent campsite #122, Friday August 30th – Tuesday September 3rd. Reservations must be made through Reserve America: https://www.reserveamerica.com/explore/fishermens-memorial-state-park/RI/252611/overview Or you can call:[masked] Please do not use "no" RSVP unless you need to cancel from a "yes". This is a standard preference for all Connecticut Hiking Alliance Meetups. Other Meetup groups may have a different preference. Legal: By clicking on "Yes" for this event you agree, warrant, and covenant as follows: In consideration for accepting this entry, I, the registrant, intending to be legally bound, for myself, my heirs, my executors and administrators, do waive and release any and all rights for damages I may have against any parties or persons connected with the Connecticut Hiking Alliance for and related to the above listed event. I attest and verify that I am physically fit to participate in any portion of this above listed event. I grant the Connecticut Hiking Alliance permission to use any photographs, film or videotapes of this event for any purpose. And we take many many photos - take a look at the previous events. If you do not wish to be photographed, this is not the group for you. To communicate with a specific individual member - please message them directly (through meet up). The postings to the site go to every member and should be topics that would be pertinent to all members. Meetup sites all have messaging functions for your conversations.