PLEASE JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY AT 10 a.m. for the following:
ORFS OCTOBER EVENTS, 2018
October 2nd ---COLLETTE TRAIL IN ENFIELD-- LEADERS are Kathy and Bill Coombs, 603-763-2307. We chose this lovely trail to celebrate our first fall hike all together because it is the end of our kayak season. We will walk along the cascades of Bicknell Book, maybe cross a rope bridge, continue to Crystal Lake and enjoy our lunch on a point overlooking a waterfall. Hiking poles recommended! DIRECTIONS: From New London, take Rt. 4A, approximately 15 miles to Boy's Camp Rd. (the next right after Grafton Pond Rd.) Look for sharp turn off on the right. Continue over a small bridge and angle park on the left. The trailheads are on each side of the bridge. Bring chairs and lunch.
OCTOBER 9th --- Hike the ANDOVER RAIL TRAIL from Potter Place depot to Andover’s baseball field. LEADER is Bill Coombs, 763-2307. We will carry and eat our lunch on the bleachers. There is a regulation diamond where we can actually play softball for a while, or be cheerleaders. DIRECTIONS: Take Route 11 east out of New London towards Andover. After the Route 4 sign, take Route 4 east and turn right down to the Potter Place Park ‘n Ride area. Bring ball equipment if you wish and a sense of humor!
OCTOBER 16th --- Rollins State Park, Hike up MT. KEARSARGE, Warner, NH, 1066 Kearsarge Mountain Rd. There is $4.00 admission, but free for NH residents, age 65 and older, and military veterans. LEADERS are Catherine and Steve Priest, 582-2413. People can go to the Foot Hills Restaurant, 15 East Main St, Warner for lunch or eat at picnic tables just above the hiking parking lot.
Take I-89 south from New London to exit 9. At the end of the exit ramp take Route 103 east towards Warner for 1 mile passing straight through a small roundabout on the way into town where Route 103 is also E. Main Street in Warner. Take a left on Kearsarge Mountain Road, marked by a sign for Rollins State Park and Indian Museum. Go up approximately 5 miles to the park entrance, then 3 ½ more miles to parking lot to begin the hike. The moderate ½ mile trail (Rollins Trail) goes to the summit, starting to the left of the porta-potties. Take the same trail down. This hike involves some hiking on exposed rock and some steepness. Wear good hiking shoes and bring walking sticks.
Lunch directions to Foothills Restaurant: Go back down to the bottom of Kearsarge Mountain Road. Turn left on E. Main Street and go 300 ft. The restaurant will be on your left.
OCTOBER 23rd --- Hike PROTECTWORTH TRAIL, beginning on Route 114 in Springfield NH. LEADERS are Barbara Cooper (763-9286) and Olivia Henry (496-0956). DIRECTIONS: From New London, take 114 north towards Springfield. Exactly 1.4 miles north of the Route 114 and Georges Mills Rd intersection you will see a sign on the right for Protectworth Trail. This is just before address #1964. Further down, about 100 yards, on the left, after address #1983, there will be another sign for the Protectworth Trail, and a Class VI road. That is the start of the trail for us. The trail is marked with Green blazes. Across the street on the right is an area for parking. If you get to address 2132 on the right, or Bowman Rd you’ve passed it. Turn around and go back.
Lunch after the hike at Barbara and Jerry’s home, 336 Four Corners Rd.
DIRECTIONS FOR LUNCH: Continue north on Route 114 until you pass the Springfield Town buildings. Turn right onto Four Corners Rd. In about 1 mile see the newspaper box with 336 on it. That is our driveway. Go all the way to the end, about 2/3 mile. Parking is limited, so try to carpool from the town meeting house parking area on Four Corners Rd near Route 114.
OCTOBER 30th --- AMERICAN PRECISION MUSEUM, Windsor, Vermont, 196 Main Street, Windsor, VT, $6.00 admission, group rate. LEADER: Olivia Henry, 496-0956. Lunch at the Harpoon Brewery, 336 Ruth Casney Drive, Windsor, VT.
DIRECTIONS: Route 89 North to I-91 South. Take Exit 9 for US 5/VT 12 toward Hartland/Windsor. Go 4.2 miles to the museum on the left.
Lunch directions to Harpoon Brewery: Head northeast on US-5N toward VT 44W for 3.2 miles. Turn right on Ruth Carney Drive and go .3 mile to Harpoon Brewery.
NOVEMBER 6th --- EAGLE POND - Wilmot, NH. LEADERS: George and Nancy Smith - (802) 436-2616. Hike around the pond.
DIRECTIONS: Take Route 11 to Potter Place. Turn left (west) on Route 4 for 1.6 miles. Turn left on Eagle Pond Road and park right away near the rail trail. Bring a lunch and chair.