Wednesday, January 24, 2018

ORFS Winter Hike at Colby-Sawyer College's Kelsey Field Trail

The Outdoor Recreation for Seniors (ORFS) group meets every Tuesday year-round at 10 am.  In the summer we kayak/canoe, swim and hike.  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 357 pleasant Street, PO Box 1263, New London, New Hampshire 03752 or go to their web site at

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

Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH, provided our weekly Tuesday 10 am winter hike. Hiking the Kelsey Field trail was a first time experience for our ORFS hiking group.

Jim was our leader and hike organizer.  Leading 20+ ORFS was a responsibility he readily accepted.  In fact, he first hiked the trail last October to be sure of its locations and turns, and level of difficulty.  The second time he hiked the trail was after a snow and ice storm.  He used emails to notify all ORFS to bring their micro spikes or crampons, snowshoes, and trekking poles ... he expected the trail to be mixed ice with snow.

The sky was cloudless with the temperature in the low twenties.  A beautiful New Hampshire day for a winter hike.

The trail was designed and constructed by Professor Leon Milan, Environmental Services, and his students.  It was built to be used as an outdoor classroom and a cross country track for the Athletic Department.  

The Kelsey Trail had to meet the specifications for cross country track.  It was first opened to the public during Homecoming Weekend, October 2017.

Colby-Sawyer College Event Services office was happy to have ORFS use the trail and also have a delicious lunch in the dining hall.  The entire outing was enjoyed by all. 

DIRECTIONS to Kelsey Field Trail:  from New London on Main Street, turn onto Seamans Rd. at 1st Baptist Church.  Continue behind CSC and turn right at Mercer Field take the first left and drive to the far parking area.  Trailhead is across Seamans Rd.  For lunch walk up the path behind Danforth Hall and Lawson Hall.  Lunch will be at the CSC Cafeteria, Building 20, Ware Student Center. If you have a handicapped sticker you can drive to the Cafeteria and park in appropriate spaces.  Lunch will be the Student Buffet.
Colby-Sawyer College

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2. Christmas Caroling with the ORFS
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