RED (Or Blue Lining for some people) ------ the BLUE ^^^^ís

 

DATE: Thursday, September 11, 2008

TIME: 5:30 PM††††††††††† * * * * * *NOTE NEW TIME * * * * * * * *

TRAILHEAD: Chickatawbut Overlook

TONIGHT'S LEADERS: Cheryl Lathrop, Joe Keogh

TONIGHT'S CO-LEADER(S): Maureen Kelly(617-943-4288 cell)

TONIGHT's HIKE: We will be hiking on the 'other' side of the road, where we haven't been yet.

 

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD:CHICKATAWBUT OVERLOOK. To get there, take Route 128 to exit 5 and travel north on Rt. 28. Turn right (east) on Chickatawbut Road and proceed up the hill. The parking lot is at the top of the hill (not the bottom!) on both sides of the road. [Or travel through the Blue Hills on Chickatawbut Road.]

 

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In the Blue Hills, it's not mandatory to have 'official' hiking clothing and equipment, unless you're training for White Mountains hikes. However, headlamps/flashlights are mandatory, as we frequently complete hikes in the dark.Water and raincoats are mandatory as well. Please pay attention to the *1 Quart Minimum* of water. Some donít drink much, but it's best to carry more and not need it, than not carry enough and need it.

 

NOTE: If you're interested in becoming a leader, please let us know and weíll train you as a co-leader! Also, if you just want to take on a little more responsibility, without becoming a leader, please let us know when you'd like to plan a hike loop!

 

COMPLETION MAPS ARE ON OUR WEBSITE: http://home.comcast.net/~hike_with_bob_v/

(This website works best with Internet Explorer.)

 

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What to bring:

Hiking boots or sturdy tie shoes

Rain Coat required: (Please bring it every week, if only to appease the sun gods)

Water required: At least 1 quart. Hiking works up a thirst. And dehydration is a major source of hiking problems. Staying hydrated during the hikes helps you feel better the next day.

Headlamp or flashlight required: The end of the hikes are sometimes in the dark. You'll need one!

First Aid kit: Leaders carry a group first aid kit in case of injury, however participants should always bring Band-Aids, moleskin, Advil/Motrin, etc. that may be needed during a hike.

Toilet paper: There are no rest areas in the woods. J

Cancellation Policy: We hike every Thursday, rain or shine. Fun is where and when you make it! However, thunderstorms or tornadoes will cancel, or shorten, the hikes!

Risks: Rattlesnakes, ticks, EEE, West Nile, breaking your ankle, poking a stick in your eye, heart attacks, etc. There are also balancing benefits, like exercise and the fellowship of other hikers. Thatís not to mention the simple pleasure of walking in the woods! The balance point varies for each person. Itís your choice.

General notes:

1)       No dogs are permitted on these trips.

2)       Cell phones may be brought, but must be kept turned off during the hikes.

3)       We will hike Ďtogether.í Please plan to complete the hike with us. Light rain will not cancel the hikes. Under severe weather conditions (if it starts pouring) we, as a group, will decide to continue or head back.

4)       Thunderstorms will cancel, or shorten, the trips! As will tornadoes!

5)       Anyone with medical conditions (asthma inhaler, epipen, etc.) please inform the leader.

6)       Non-AMC members are permitted (encouraged!) to attend. (Hopefully having fun with us will encourage them/you to join. J)

7)       If you wish to bring a friend, whom you know to have experience, the proper equipment, etc, just let us know a few days before the hike.

8)       There are rattlesnakes and copperheads within the Blue Hills. Rare, but they do exist.If you are concerned about this, please ask now, not when we meet one on the trail!†† J


 

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Any questions, please call or email.


Leader, Cheryl Lathrop: 508-254-0709 (cell)

†††††††††† cheryl4698@verizon.net

 

Leader, Joe Keogh: 508-542-0665 (cell)

††††††††††† jpkeo24@gmail.com


REGISTRAR: Linda Glynn, lglynn55@yahoo.com, 508-496-4009