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|MT. UNCANOONUC - April 28
Activity posted by Pam F.
|Talk about an awesome spring day! It doesn't get any
better. It wasn't too hot, and the sun was bright with just
a touch of haze.
Pam got Shadow into his pack (above), and it
was apparent that Jan was ready to go (right), adorned with boots
(Heh...Later on Shadow wiggled out of his pack and went
bounding around the woods and splashing in puddles thrilled to be
rid of the burden! Yep---the pack was much more snug on the
return trip, huh, Shadow??? :-) )
Pam, Shadow, and Steve nearing the trailhead
It's about a 2.5 mile walk along the Goffstown, NH streets to the
But this time there was no snow! Compare this with the pictures of
our March 31 hike, which was just after a heavy snow.
change in elevation is only about 300 feet, so the trail itself is quite
easy. We arrived at the top fairly quickly, and we found a great
place to sit around and have a snack.
Pam and Shadow posed for a snap|
Steve, Shadow, and Pam|
Pam, Steve, Your Webmaster, and Shadow|
was quite warm in the sun, and we all were taken in by its warmth.
Everyone just lazed out on the rocks getting sunburned. :-)
Shortly before we left, I snapped a few pictures of the scenery - Manchester
we hiked back to Pam's place, we took off for some good dins and hit Club
Day at the Emporium for Many Supplies in Manchester, where credit cards
got a workout. Later on Pam invited us back to try out some yummy
tiramisu she had put together for us using a recipe she found (along with
her own imagination). Let's just say that if you weren't on this
hike not only did you miss a great day---you also missed some awesome
|MEAN STREETS: PROVIDENCE - April
Activity/Photos/Trip Report by Charles H.
Mean Streets trip report – Saturday, April 28
We had an absolutely gorgeous day for this trip and made the most
of it. An even dozen of us set out from the Roger Williams National
Memorial shortly after 10. Just as we started riding I noticed a car
with two bikes on it and made the correct assumption that they were
looking for us, so I directed them to where we were parked and rode
back to give them maps and suggest where they could meet us in 15
We rode around the Amtrak station, the bottom of the state house
and the paths of Riverwalk before exploring the downtown area, which
is generally quiet on a Saturday. There is a lot of amazing old
architecture here with wonderful details, including fancy brick
work, terra cotta and copper domes. There’s also an arcade, the 19th
century version of a mall. From downtown we headed to the waterfront
and then rode the narrow sidewalk on the I-195 bridge to get access
to the East Bay bike path. This smoothly-paved rail-trail extends
some 15 miles toward Bristol, but we only went about three miles,
spotting a pair of swans in the bay.
As we recrossed the interstate bridge, we picked up Deirdre Bird,
a good friend who lives near Providence and had been visiting a
friend in the hospital that morning. Back in the city we headed to
Wickenden Street, where we had an hour break for lunch. Some of us
had Thai, some Indian, and others pizza or sandwiches. We rode up
the gentle grade of Benefit street, which has many of the fine old
18th century houses in this city. By great good fortune
it was RISD’s (Rhode Island School of Design) sidewalk art sale
day and a long block was blocked off to cars. Waiting for us was
Fran Goldstein, a Boston friend who had arrived late. We slowly
walked the bikes through, looking at as much as we could, with a
couple of us making minor purchases. The crowds, the music and the
international food offerings made one feel like you were in another
country for a brief period of time.
We did a lot of climbing to get up onto College Hill, where we
rode through the Brown campus. Another spot of luck found us
chancing upon a most excellent outdoor production of Shakespeare’s
Midsummer Night’s Dream. The setting was a grass lawn with a few
boulders, with the energetic cast running around and through the
audience. We left after about 20 minutes when the audience was asked
to move to another "stage" at the opposite end of the
lawn, with a couple of the fairies perched some 30 feet up in a
We continued through the Brown and RISD campuses and back across
Burnside Park. Providence has always had a lot of public art, but I
must have noticed at least a dozen new outdoor sculptures erected
since last year’s ride. We touched the fringes of the Federal Hill
area, bypassing a planned stop for dessert at the justly famed
Pastiche café since we were running late from the earlier
unanticipated stops. As the leader I sensed that some of the riders
would have been happy to stay out for another hour or two, while
others seemed to want to get back to the cars, so I tried to balance
between the two. A quick swing by the capitol and a good coast
downhill back to the starting point completed our day. Just a bit
over 20 miles in some five hours of elapsed time. If anyone wants to
sample this style of riding, the Boston Sculpture Bike Tour on June
2nd is your next chance.
|MT. UNCANOONUC - March 31
Activity posted by Pam F.
Pam and Shadow led our hike up Mt. Uncanoonuc in
Goffstown, NH, not far from Manchester.
The weather was cloudy and somewhat damp, but it
wasn't too cold at the start. Later in the day a cooler wind
picked up, but by then we were heading back down from the top of the
It's a long walk to the trailhead along backroads from
Pam's house, and then it was time to don the snowshoes. The heavy
snow we had received the day before certainly made the going a bit tough.
"Before and after" at the trailhead
The sticky wet snow packed down under our shoes, and it
wasn't too long before Shadow realized that walking belly deep in the cold
snow wasn't as good as walking in the packed down footprints made by our
snowshoes. Unfortunately he really didn't get the idea that
snowshoes move and that it's not good to stand on the back of them.
Pam broke trail a good deal of the way, and it wasn't 'til very near the
top that Your Webmaster took over. Whew! In that snow it was
certainly a workout!
To the southwest
Hanging around at the top
Heading back down our broken trail, we made it back to the
road rather quickly. No more trail to break, thank goodness!
Pam and Shadow head down the trail
Your Webmaster holds up the catch of the day.
Gee, did ya think to leave any snow on the trail? :-)