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STANDARD INFORMATION FOR ALL EVENTS
CLASS OF HIKE:  C = 1-5 miles  B = 5-9 miles  A = 9-13 miles   AA = 13+ miles

Bring bug repellent for hikes after mid-April. Bring water and rain gear. Bring lunch unless otherwise noted. Dogs not allowed unless leader states otherwise. If in doubt about any equipment, clothing or footwear necessary, or if weather is questionable, please check with leader.

The New Haven Hiking Club members, club officers, and activity leaders, assume no responsibility for persons hurt or lost, or for other related mishaps. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult or must have special permission from the leader. Leaders have the right to cancel or change a hike or activity or to refuse attendance to anyone for any valid and apparent reason




Hiking Requirements: Wear boots or other appropriate footwear suitable for the terrain. Dress in layers appropriate for the weather and season (don’t wear cotton in wet, cold, or snowy weather). Bring snacks, lunch (unless otherwise noted), and water (extra in warm weather). If conditions warrant: snowshoes (typically 12 inches or more of snow) or traction devices (for icy trails).


Recommended: Backpack/fanny pack, rain jacket or windbreaker, cap or hat, extra socks, lip balm, insect repellent (warmer weather), sunscreen, and hiking poles. In winter: extra gloves and hat.


Dogs: Permission from leader required. Use leash when necessary and required by rules; ensure good behavior.


Questions: The club welcomes non-members on our events and encourages them to become members. Registering for events is not necessary, unless stated in the write up. Contact the leader directly with questions, especially if weather is uncertain. Do not depend on an email from the club to learn about a cancelation.




Announcements

Renew your membership today, or join us as a new member!
The 2018 Annual Dues, $15 per person, covers November 1, 2017 through October 31, 2018. Member Application form
Mail your check and application form to NHHC, 61 Eramo Terrace, Hamden, CT 06518.   Make checks payable to: The New Haven Hiking Club.

Saturday, November 3   Annual Dinner Meeting, Cheshire Grange Hall, 44 Wallingford Road, Cheshire, CT 06410
Register for the dinner on the form included with this newsletter. The cost is $18 per member. RSVP no later than Saturday, October 27, 2018.

Dues renewal and Dinner reservation printable form

Be sure to renew your club membership at the same time.
The social hour starting at 5 p.m. will feature cider and snacks.
The Grange’s fabled roast beef dinner starts at 6 p.m. Sides include glazed carrots, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, and rolls. Top your roast beef and potatoes with hearty brown gravy.
The club’s annual meeting including an election of club officers will take place at 7:00 p.m.
The presentation will start at the conclusion of the business meeting, probably around 7:30 p.m.

Travel photographer, Joan C Cavanaugh, will present "Irresistible Vietnam, Inspiration of a Resilient and Noble People" who reconstructed their lives and land after a war of liberation and unification.

In October of 2017 Joan traveled North Vietnam's diverse countryside, the stunning mountains of Sapa, the vibrant city life in Hanoi and Danang with it's kaleidoscope of colors and patterns and streets zig-zagging with family motorbikes. She roamed the farmers markets, schools, ornate temples, quiet monasteries, and hidden courtyards, studying the Vietnamese culture. She spoke with women of the indigenous Black Hmong clan in the mountains, shop keepers and street vendors in the cities, teachers, primary and high school students, museum administrators, farmers who plant rice and raise buffaloes and the boat people of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There is hiking in the mountains of Vietnam.... roadside waterfalls, fields of bamboo, terraced rice paddies, small villages, precarious bridges and challenging foot trails.

Joan will share her stories with a robust slide presentation and recount the warm Vietnamese welcome she received. It is her hope that she will inspire and encourage you to travel to Vietnam for a safe and irresistible adventure.

Joan has been honored with awards in many fields: author, speaker, photographer, educator, entrepreneur, golfer and Businesswoman of the Year by Canon USA. She is a member of PWP.com Professional Women Photographers.

Directions to the Grange:
I-691, Exit 3 to Rt. 10 South for 4.1 miles. Left on Wallingford Rd. for 0.1 miles.
Rt. 15 North, Exit 61 to Rt. 10 North for 8.1 miles. Right on Wallingford Rd. for 0.1 miles.
I-91 North, Exit 10 (Rt. 40) to Rt. 10 North for 6.8 miles. Right on Wallingford Rd. for 0.1 mi.




Storm-Related Trail Closures

In the New Haven area, two hiking areas and one hiking trail were heavily impacted by the May 15 microburst and thunderstorm. Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, and Tyler Mill Preserve in Wallingford suffered significant damage and are currently closed. Wharton Brook Park in Wallingford was also closed, but that has limited trails and is generally not used as a hiking area for club events.

There is still no timeline for when Sleeping Giant State Park will reopen. The latest estimate from the park supervisor is spring 2019. The Sleeping Giant Park Association is posting continual updates with photos on its Facebook page at SGP updates
The official state posting on its website

The town of Wallingford is responsible for cleaning up Tyler Mill Preserve, but has other priorities at the moment. The most recent notice of Aug. 8, 2018, says the preserve is closed until further notice. Updates may be posted to the town website at Updates

The Quinnipiac Trail sustained heavy damage between Downs Road and Whitney Avenue, in addition to whatever damage occurred at Sleeping Giant. Volunteers and Connecticut Forest and Park Association staff had the trail outside of Sleeping Giant reopened by late August 2018.




Constitutional Amendment to Protect Public Lands

The Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA) has been working for two years to pass a constitutional amendment to regulate the sale of natural lands owned by the state of Connecticut, including state parks and forests, wildlife management areas, and farmlands.

Under current state law, legislators can request the sale or transfer of state land through a measure known as a “conveyance bill.” These proposals need not have a public hearing and sometimes are passed late in the legislative session without the public knowing about the transfer or sale until it is too late.

If the constitutional amendment passes, then all land sales and transfers would be required to have a public hearing, and would require a two-thirds vote of the state Senate and House to be approved. The wording on the Nov. 6 ballot is written in legalese that may be difficult to understand. Voting “yes” means the amendment will pass. Complete information is available at the CFPA website





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Fall 2018 Activities

This is not a full list of club activities, only those open to the public. Members receive a full schedule with additional activities by e-mail. These activities include Monday morning hikes, Wednesday hikes (November to March) or bicycle rides (April to October), and Thursday paddling trips (May to October), plus any weekend activities that are not listed in the quarterly schedule.

If you are a leader, or would like to become a leader, you can find everything you need here to submit an event and get a signup sheet:   Resources






October

Saturday, October 13   4-8 mi. Paddle   Mashapaug Lake, Union ****CANCELED**** due to weather conditions.


Sunday, October 21,   Class B, 4-5 miles, Walk   Quinnipiac Gorge Trail, Meriden
Meet at 10:45 a.m. to walk at 11:00 a.m. from the parking lot by the red bridge, 562 Oregon Road, Meriden, off Route 70. This will be a 4 to 5 mile walk on the new and older sections of the trail along the Quinnipiac River between Meriden and Cheshire. Rain cancels. If weather is questionable, call the leader at home before 9:30 am. No pets. Joint with Southern Connecticut Cycle Club (SCCC).
Map and brochure
Directions: From Cheshire, head west on Rt. 68/70 from the center of town. Stay on the left at the fork on Rt. 70 then to the right on Rt. 70 at the next fork. Take a left in about 2 miles at the red walking bridge on Oregon Rd (not marked). The parking lot is a short distance on the right.
Marge Pelliccio (Home 203-272-3316) Cell (203) 606-4128 marjorie.george@snet.net

Sunday, October 28,   Class C, Walk   Shoreline Greenway Trail, East Haven
Meet at 10:45 a.m. to walk at 11:00 a.m. from the Shoreline Greenway Trail parking lot behind D.C. Moore School, 82 Elliott St., East Haven. We will walk along the Shoreline Greenway Trail with nice views of the Farm River. If weather is questionable, call the leader at home before 9:30 am. Joint with SCCC.
Directions: I-95 North, Exit 51 (Frontage Road): Right on Rt. 142 (Hemingway Ave.). Left on Rt. 142 East (Short Beach Rd.). Right on Mansfield Grove Rd., then right on Hoop Pole Lane. The school is on the left in about a quarter mile. I-95 South, Exit 52 (Rt. 100/North High St.): Left on Rt. 100 (North High St.), then left on Main St. Right on Rt. 142 (Hemingway Ave.) and follow above directions.
Marge Pelliccio, H (203) 272-3316 / C (203) 606-4128; marjorie.george@snet.net


November

Saturday, November 3   Annual Dinner Meeting, Cheshire Grange Hall, 44 Wallingford Road, Cheshire, CT 06410
Register for the dinner on the form included with this newsletter. The cost is $18 per member. RSVP no later than Saturday, October 27, 2018.

Dues renewal and Dinner reservation printable form

Be sure to renew your club membership at the same time.
The social hour starting at 5 p.m. will feature cider and snacks.
The Grange’s fabled roast beef dinner starts at 6 p.m. Sides include glazed carrots, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, and rolls. Top your roast beef and potatoes with hearty brown gravy.
The club’s annual meeting including an election of club officers will take place at 7:00 p.m.
The presentation will start at the conclusion of the business meeting, probably around 7:30 p.m.

Travel photographer, Joan C Cavanaugh, will present "Irresistible Vietnam, Inspiration of a Resilient and Noble People" who reconstructed their lives and land after a war of liberation and unification.

In October of 2017 Joan traveled North Vietnam's diverse countryside, the stunning mountains of Sapa, the vibrant city life in Hanoi and Danang with it's kaleidoscope of colors and patterns and streets zig-zagging with family motorbikes. She roamed the farmers markets, schools, ornate temples, quiet monasteries, and hidden courtyards, studying the Vietnamese culture. She spoke with women of the indigenous Black Hmong clan in the mountains, shop keepers and street vendors in the cities, teachers, primary and high school students, museum administrators, farmers who plant rice and raise buffaloes and the boat people of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There is hiking in the mountains of Vietnam.... roadside waterfalls, fields of bamboo, terraced rice paddies, small villages, precarious bridges and challenging foot trails.

Joan will share her stories with a robust slide presentation and recount the warm Vietnamese welcome she received. It is her hope that she will inspire and encourage you to travel to Vietnam for a safe and irresistible adventure.

Joan has been honored with awards in many fields: author, speaker, photographer, educator, entrepreneur, golfer and Businesswoman of the Year by Canon USA. She is a member of PWP.com Professional Women Photographers.

Directions to the Grange:
I-691, Exit 3 to Rt. 10 South for 4.1 miles. Left on Wallingford Rd. for 0.1 miles.
Rt. 15 North, Exit 61 to Rt. 10 North for 8.1 miles. Right on Wallingford Rd. for 0.1 miles.
I-91 North, Exit 10 (Rt. 40) to Rt. 10 North for 6.8 miles. Right on Wallingford Rd. for 0.1 mi.


Friday, November 9   3-4 mi, class C,   Lake Saltonstall, Branford
Meet in 9:15 a.m. in the hikers’ parking lot at 400 Hosley Ave in Branford, CT 06405. Hosley Avenue runs between Rte 1 (West Main Street) and Bushy Plain Road in Branford. Regional Water Authority, no pets. Heavy rain or snow cancels.
Trail map
Directions: I-95, Exit 54. From I-95 North, turn left on Cedar St. From I-95 South, turn right on Cedar Street. (becomes Brushy Plain Rd.) for 1.4 miles. Left on Hosley Ave. for 0.3 miles. The parking lot is on the right just before the sharp turn in the road. I-91, Exit 8, to Route 80 East for 3.8 miles. Right on Totoket Rd. (becomes Brushy Plain Rd.) for 1.6 miles. Right on Hosley Ave. for 0.3 miles. The parking lot is on the right.
Geoffrey Smith 203-488-3352


December

Friday, December 21,   3-4 mi, class C    Maltby Lakes, West Haven
Meet at 9:30 am at the parking lot at 585 Derby Ave (Rt. 34), West Haven. Moderate paced hike over gently rolling trails and woods roads with views of Maltby Lakes. Regional Water Authority, no pets. Heavy rain or snow cancels.
Map
Directions: This is 1-1/4 miles west of Rt. 10 (Grasso Blvd) or 2-1/4 miles east of the Wilbur Cross Parkway (Rt. 15, Exit 57 or 58). Note: Traveling east on Rt. 34, you need to make a U-turn at Plainfield Ave and then drive back about 1/4 mile to the entrance.
Geoffrey Smith 203-488-3352


January

Tuesday, January 1, 2019,   8 mi., cL B,   New Years Day at The Preserve, Old Saybrook
Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Westbrook parking lot, 1278 Essex Rd. (Rt. 153), Westbrook. Bring lunch and liquids. Joint with Meshomasic Hiking Club.
Map
Directions: Rt. 9, Exit 3. At the end of the ramp, go straight to the stop sign, then right on Route 153 South for about 2.5 miles. The lot is on the left next to a blue-gray house. From I-95, Exit 65, head north on Route 153 for about 2 miles. The lot is on the right next to a blue-gray house.
Larry Hoyt, 860-767-0180 or 860-301-2926 (cell).