Middlesex Fells Hike in Stoneham
October 1, 2005
I got up early on Saturday,
October first anticipating the Fells hike. It had been a hard
hike for me last year, but I was that much more determined to do it
After a good breakfast of French
toast and ham, I got a ride to the Wellington Station and met Marie and
Cindy there. We were hoping to meet Kelly there as well, but she
could not make it. With just three of us participants, I thought
it was more important that all of us go since these wonderful college
girls from the University of Maine were coming down and walking with
us. The name of the club to which the girls belong is the Rehab
Club of the University of Maine at Farmington. The names of the
girls were: Charlotte Backhaus, Christine Petrone, Erin Johnson
and Kaitlyn McCormack.
We met the four girls at the parking
lot and started out. It was a little cool at first, but I knew by
the feeling of the air that morning that it was going to be a beautiful
day for hiking. Kaitlyn McCormack guided me in the morning.
The hike meandered through trees and went gently up and down over
various roots and rocks, enough to make it challenging and provide good
exercise. We walked and talked as we went. Two of the girls
had hiked with us last year.
At lunch we hiked up over a high hill
overlooking a reservoir. The girls had peanut butter and fluff
sandwiches, trying their best to spread the sticky fluff. We all
After lunch Charlotte guided me and
it was good because I think it was her first time. She had guided
Cindy in the morning. Erin Johnson was the leader and blazed the
trail for us with guidance from Carolee. Because we were all in the
mood for a challenge and a good time, we chose to hike around the loop
which added about six tenths of a mile to make the route longer for a
total of 5.2 miles. On the way back we met more people and dogs
and said hello to them.
At the end of the hike we took
pictures and said good-bye. I did not want to say good-bye.
I had such a good time; and I hope I see these four girls and more from
the program some time soon, maybe cross country skiing.