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  • Tuesday, July 16, 2024 2:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Joan, Sandy, Debbie, Kathy and Diane behind the camera

  • Sunday, July 14, 2024 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Guy H, Lin M, Chris B, Gail E, Dawn M, Betsy B, Joan B,
    Kathy W, Meredith Perry. Photo by Bob R.

    Before the TOHG Annual Picnic nine members of the walking group  walked an easy two miles on the rail trail.  Even though the temperature was in the upper 80’s the paved bike trail was mostly shaded.  As the trail was quite busy with bikers, some of whom were TOHG members, we needed to spread out a bit on the trail.  Along the way we spotted a great blue heron in the marsh area, the orange butterfly weed that is a favorite of Monarchs, and a spotted wintergreen in bloom.

    We returned just as the bikers finished their ride and spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying good company and good food.

    Meredith P

  • Sunday, July 14, 2024 10:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It looks like we chose the best day of the week for our bike ride from NARA Park in Acton to Chelmsford Centre, about 16 miles round trip. Although it was hot the humidity was down and most of the trail ride was in shade.

    We stopped at Heart Pond in the Westford/Chelmsford line and may have felt a bit of envy as a number of people were in the water cooling off.

    On our way back from Chelmsford we came across another bicyclist trying to single handedly remove a very large tree limb that had fallen and was blocking most of the trail. Several of us jumped in to help and then continued on to join everyone at the picnic.

    Alan U

  • Tuesday, July 02, 2024 9:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hal S, David G, Jodie R, Neal S, Dana R, Janet F and “Tiny”, Beverly C, Sheila P, Dan Y, Kimm & Kenn S, Alan U

    We were blessed once again with a beautiful day fir a bike ride.  12 TOHG members started near the Topsfield Fairgrounds and headed south towards Peabody. The Topsfield portion of the trail includes a linear display of our solar system spaced out along the trail. Continuing on we passed the Swamp Walk in Wenham before continuing through downtown Danvers and a couple of historic railroad buildings. We passed Brooksby Village (hello Gang members) and ended by Lowell St in Peabody.  From here the trail will be expanded to connect with the Independence Greenway (hopefully in the near future). Returning we stopped in downtown Danvers for coffee and refreshment.

    Alan U

  • Friday, June 28, 2024 7:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Art P, Alan U, Deb and Bob G, Linda and Paul M, Joe M, Dan Y, Mary W, Anker and Dibba L, Dana R, Barbara B. 

    We couldn’t have asked for a better day!  14 Gang members met in Chelmsford under bright sunny skies and perfect temperatures to ride the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail to the Acton town line. We stopped at Heart Pond for a group photo   Enlisting the help of an “innocent bystander” we learned that he is a fellow Roads Scholar traveler and had much in common with Paul McHugh. Small world!

    We finished our outing with lunch  at a Chelmsford restaurant along the trail before calling it a day. 

    Alan U
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2024 9:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    27 TOHG members set off on a new adventure - riding rail bikes on an abandoned railroad from Concord NH to Boscawen NH. The Northern Railroad dates back to 1846 but was abandoned a number of years ago which allowed Scenic RailRiders to offer this unique excursion 

    We pedaled through forests and fields, past a dairy farm, along the Merrimack River and as far as the Hannah Duston Memorial along the river. (Google Hannah Duston to learn her story). At the memorial we reversed course for our return. From there most members journeyed to The Common Man Restaurant in Concord for lunch and conversation. 

    This was a great experience and we’ll look to repeat this in the future. 

    Alan U

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2024 5:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Joan HB, Joe M, Elaine M, Joan L, Agnes H, Nonie L, Hyman and Sandy S

    Eight TOHG members participated in a whale watch departing from Plymouth, MA. The boat was completely full and it was a hot day, yet cool with the breezes on the water. Mostly, we needed a jacket or sweater, which is hard to believe in mid to late June!

    Sandy S

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2024 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For our June outing, the West Mystery Group took a hike on the recently opened Lake Williams Boardwalk, a floating walkway across Lake Williams in Marlborough, MA. The walkway was completed in December 2023, but not opened to the public until May 6, 2024. Along the way, we spotted pike, sunfish and large schools of minnows. At the end of the half-mile walkway, we continued into the woods on the Lake Williams trail around the perimeter of the lake. The Master Gardener in attendance helped us identify various flora, vines, shrubs and trees along the meandering shaded pathway.

    After the hike, we enjoyed lunch together at a nearby 99 Restaurant.

    Jan G

  • Saturday, June 15, 2024 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Seventeen riders showed up on a beautiful 10 day - sun shining, temperature perfect.  The ten 10 milers went by some lovely vernal pools on the 240 acers of land donated to Carlisle as conservation land by Mr Greenough.  The Greenough Pond may have been created by him to provide habitat for water fowl. While large (about 21 acres), it is fairly shallow, averaging only 2.1 feet deep.  In the vernal pool that we go by are a number of wood duck boxes.  Curious as to why I have never seen any wood ducks in that area, I asked a local bird watcher who told me “ they won’t come back to it if it is not cleaned out”.   The Mass Division of Fisheries and Wildlife takes care of the whole area.  A vernal pool  is a distictive type of wetlands devoid of fish so insects and amphibians can survive-like wood frogs, toads and salamanders.  The are very shallow and most dry up certain times of the year.

    Patricia DR, Jim and Joyce F, Judith L, Don and Polly T, Judy T, Kathy W, and Mary W were the 10 milers
    Gaile A, Allan G, Marlene H, Helgard Ki, Lanie O'C, Art P, Elizabeth B, Matt G rode 20 miles

    The twenty milers had a wonderful ride as well.  Part of it went through the Great Brook Farm State Park. This 1000-acre park features more than 20 miles of trails, offering free guided walking tours on Friday mornings.  There's also an active dairy farm that offers free tours on weekends.

    Then we came back and ate, drank and were merry.

    A few stragglers come in as it wouldn’t be the same without them.
    Dawn and Joe M, Ray G, Maryann D and Dan Y.

    Mary W

  • Thursday, June 13, 2024 5:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kara S, Maryann D, Judith L, Lisa S, Lisa L, Barbara M, Kimm S, Anne H, Marge C, Marie H and Gayle A. A  standing in front of a small house known as a "10 Footer" where a shoemaker and his apprentice worked many year ago.

    Did you know that Lynn, Massachusetts, was the home of Marshmallow Fluff?

    Also, Lynn was famous for shoe manufacturing and producing, Jet engines used in World War II via General Electric?  These were some of the interesting facts our docent, Gail Richardson, a retired Lynn school teacher, taught us on our tour of the Lynn Museum,

    Eleven of us toured the museum and then had lunch in Nahant at The Tides Restaurant.  What a nice day!

    Maryann D

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