Saturday, January 13, 2018

ORFS Winter Hike Put Safety First: Kidder-Cleveland-Clough Trail


Last Tuesday at the Outdoor Recreation for Seniors (ORFS) annual meeting an emphasis was placed on the closeness of the ORFS group and the importance and caring they have on watching for each other’s physical being.  No doubt, they are a family.
Bill and Kathy, our leaders for the meeting, had several items on the agenda that brought fourth this family and caring feeling. Kathy reminded us, “Safety first”. If local schools and the Chapin Center are closed, then there will be no “Every Tuesday at 10 am” outing.  Safety first.
The below video shares the ORFS pre-meeting 2-mile snowshoe hike in 20 degrees F temperatures in 2 feet of snow.  The ORFS were the first on this trail after the snow, making an endurance challenge for all of us. Enjoy the ORFS 10 am Kidder-Cleveland-Clough Trail hike.

Other key safety items on the agenda were:
·      Being prepared with proper equipment for the trail

·      Buddy system (For example, do not hike or paddle alone, keep an eye on the first and last person in the group, when coming to a folk in the trail, make sure all in the group know which trail to take).

·      If you have a cell phone have it fully charged before you start – and keep it on.

·      If an accident does happen (e.g. sprained ankle), be sure to report it later to the COA.
As I prepared the above video of the ORFS latest winter hike, all of Kathy and Bill’s attentions came to mind, and I wanted this blog to emphasize winter cautions and gear necessary for a safe and fun hike.  As the saying goes, “you can never be overdressed or too prepared.”

A quick primer:
·      Never hike alone.

·      Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.

·      Dress appropriately – cotton is the worst fabric for cold, wet weather. Cotton can kill when wet – meaning it stays wet and can chill the body.  Dress in layers so you can take off or put on as you need. Wool, silk or polypropylene inner layers hold body heat better than cotton does. Hat (even carry a spare), proper insulted shoes (no sneakers!), gloves (and maybe a spare pair).

·      Bring water and light snacks.

·      A contractor trash bag (not for trash, but for wearing as emergency rain gear).

·      Whistle

·      Map/compass

·      Flashlight (extra batteries or 2nd flashlight)
Here are some key winter gear descriptions:

·      Microspikes (some call them crampons) are best worn on fairly level hiking trails covered with packed snow or ice. They provide that little bit of extra traction that you need when your boot treads stop giving you good grips.

·      Gaiter: a covering worn over the lower part of the leg to keep the legs and ankles dry when hiking

·      Snowshoes: usually lightweight platform for the foot that is designed to enable a person to walk on soft snow without sinking.

·      Trekking Poles: I'm a big fan of trekking poles for hiking because they help reduce the strain on my knees when I walk, they improve my balance when I'm hiking over rough ground or crossing streams, and they are useful for establishing a good walking rhythm when synchronizing with your arms. And they exercise your arms and shoulders.
The above are certainly not all inclusive concerns. Learn more hiking “musts” from the below references:
·        Hiking: Winter Conditions Gear Checklist https://www.outdoors.org/trip-ideas-tips-resources/gear-advice/winter-gear-guide
·        Recommended Winter Day Hiking Gear List https://sectionhiker.com/winter-day-hiking-gear-list/
·        Hike Safe Card http://www.hikesafe.com/

·        Why Cotton Kills – A technical explanation https://gizmodo.com/why-cotton-kills-a-technical-explanation-1688286083

·        Chapin Center Council on Aging http://www.coachapincenter.org/index.htm 
More Blog Posts on Outdoor Recreation for Seniors (ORFS)

Christmas Caroling with the ORFS
http://outdooradventurers.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-outdoor-recreation-for-seniors-orfs.html

Radio Interview with Pearl Monroe - September 6, 2017 
http://outdooradventurers.blogspot.com/2017/09/
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    Steve's 5th book, Outdoor Play Fun 4 4 Seasons Volume II, is now available   

    Outdoor Play Volume II has trip preparations, routes, and narratives of bucket list places to go. The book motivates friends and family to make the outdoors a key component of their daily life. 

    Steve’s books are available as an e-Book at Kindle and hard copy at Amazon.com 

    Sunday, January 7, 2018

    New London, NH Conservation Commission web site.


    A friend just shared the below New London, NH Conservation Commission web site. It is a wealth of information for day hikes in the New London, New Hampshire area.  What most excited me was the spreadsheet titled, Individual Trail Links.  Each of the 29 trails listed in the spreadsheet has a link to specific descriptions and directions.  Wow!

    http://www.nl-nhcc.com/trails/nlcctrails.htm


    Individual Trail Links


    1. Bunker Loop  11. Kidder-Cleveland-Clough 21. Philbrick-Cricenti Bog
    2. Clark Lookout 12. Knights Hill Nature Park 22. Phillips Memorial Preserve
    3. Clark Pond 13. Langenau Forest Spur 23. Pleasant Lake High
    4. Cocoa's Path (SRKG) 14. Little Sunapee Associates 24. Shepard Spring
    5. Cook Trails 15. Low Plain 25. Webb Forest
    6. Cordingley 16. Lyon Brook 26. Wolf Tree (SRKG)
    7. Dura Crockett 17. Messer Pond 27. SRKG Trails 5
    8. Great Brook (SRKG) 18. Morgan Hill 28. SRKG Trails 6
    9. Kidder 19. Morgan Hill Loop 29. SRKG Trails 7
    10. Kidder Brook 20. Morgan Pond

    The below is a screen print to further entice you to go to this most informative and instructive web site.



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      Steve's 5th book, Outdoor Play Fun 4 4 Seasons Volume II, is now available   

      Outdoor Play Volume II has trip preparations, routes, and narratives of bucket list places to go. The book will motivate friends and family to make the outdoors a key component of their daily life. If you want 5 or more books signed, send Steve an email send Steve an email  and we can work out the logistics.

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      Saturday, December 30, 2017

      Outdoor Recreation for Seniors



      The Outdoor Recreation for Seniors (ORFS) group meets every Tuesday year-round at 10 am.  In the summer we kayak/canoe and swim, in the fall we hike, and in the winter, we snowshoe and cross-country ski. Our trips are from 1 1/2 to 2 hours, followed by lunch.


      Directions and location are available for our Tuesday 10 am outings via email and the monthly New London Chapin Senior Center Courier newsletter.  To learn more and join, contact the Chapin Senior Center at 37 pleasant Street, PO Box 1263, New London, NH 03257 or go to their web site at http://www.coachapincenter.org

      This is a very informal group and participation is for all outdoor enthusiasts wanting guaranteed good exercise with a friendly fun group. 

      Today's blog shares our Tuesday 10 am December 19th annual Christmas caroling caravan to two senior residences followed by the ORFS annual Christmas lunch with a Yankee swap at Flying Goose Brew Pub and Grille, New London. Kathy and Bill are our leaders and imaginative organizers for this very festive time. We wear our most lighthearted regalia for this entertaining event!  Hats and props provided. No singing ability or books required just sing along with the gang!



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      ORFS Christmas Caroling Itinerary 

      Meet at Bittersweet residence on Pleasant Street, New London.  Once we organize we perform skits and singing for a half hour, then socialize with residents over the sweet treats buffet that they provide. Afterward, we head to Lyon Brook condominium community (http://www.lyonbrook.com/) and repeat the same show.

      Thereafter, we go to Flying Goose Brew Pub and Grille for a meal followed by our traditional Yankee Swap.  For those that do not know, in a Yankee Swap each participant brings a wrapped, unmarked gift and places it in a designated area. Participants are given numbers as they arrive, and their names or number are randomly drawn, and they select an unwrap gift from the pile in that order — with a twist. In the end, the gift you are holding is the present you take home.  Watch out for lucky number 1 who gets final pick of everything!

      Enjoy the below video of our most rewarding and festive day as ORFS entertain and share their spirit of the season. Merry cheers and a Healthy 2018 to all!

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      Click WTPL 107.7 FM to see videos and learn more about Outdoor Recreation for Seniors (ORFS) from Steve's September 2017 radio interview. 


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      "Everyone must do something.  I believe I will go outdoors with family and friends"


        Steve's 5th book, Outdoor Play Fun 4 4 Seasons Volume II, is now available   



        Outdoor Play Volume II has trip preparations, routes, and narratives of bucket list places to go. The book will motivate friends and family to make the outdoors a key component of their daily life. If you want 5 or more books signed, send Steve an email at steve@outdoorsteve.com and we can work out the logistics.

        Steve’s latest book, Outdoor Play "Fun 4 4 Seasons" is available as an e-Book at Kindle and hard copy at Amazon.com 

        Monday, December 11, 2017

        50th Wedding Anniversary Mexican Cruise


        Below is my son's CloserQ blog post of November 28, 2017


        On July 1st, 1967 in Rutland, Vermont; Steve and Cathy Priest exchanged their vows.  50 Years later, Steve and Cathy; plus their two sons, Shaun and Tim; their daughter-in-law, Christine; and two grandchildren Madison and Carson; celebrated their 'Golden Anniversary' with a five day cruise on Royal Caribbean's ship the Independence of the Seas.  Below are pictures from our amazing trip.

        Lets start at the beginning, with a picture of Steve and Cathy with their Wedding Party in 1967.

        Steve and Cathy in their cruise stateroom and looking fantastic, a very short 50 Years later

        The Seven of us on the Cruise

        Days 1&2:  Cruising to Mexico and enjoying the amazing floating city.  Christine and I over looking the main mall. 
        Steve, Shaun, and Tim enjoyed a beer tasting at Dog and Badger Pub, where we got meet other cruisers and our bartenders
        The Seven of us enjoying time together in the main promenade:
        Meals, we ate together every night and we ate like kings.  Below is us in the primary spot the Romeo and Juliet Dining Room, where are our waiter, Maurice, treated us like royalty:
         We booked the Chop Steak House for a our celebratory dinner
         
        For day 3, we docked in Costa Maya.  Tim and Carson spend the day ATVing, while Steve, Cathy, Shaun, Christine, and Madison visited the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins.  
        Carson and Tim get ready to go four-wheeling.
        Our Pictures from the Chacchoben Mayan Ruins





        While in the port of Costa Maya; Steve, Shaun, and Maddi got an unorthodox pedicure by the Garra Rufa, also known as the 'Doctor Fish' in the Fish Spa





        Tim and Carson in the Port, before we re-boarded
        On Day 4, we visited the Island of Cozumel. We enjoyed lunch at Margaritaville:

        After Lunch we the seven of us went Snorkling. 





        As we re-boarded

















        Day 5, we headed back to Fort Lauderdale.  On cruising day back, we did a fascinating behind the scenes tour of the cruise ship.  We visited kitchens, laundry, where the crew sleeps and lives, the engine room command center, and the bridge.  It was so behind the scenes there were certain areas, where we we could not take pictures.

        Thank you for letting us share pictures from my parent's 'Golden Anniversary' Cruise. If you have any questions, please email Shaun Priest at shaun@closerq.com.