Middlesex Fells Hike in Stoneham
October 1, 2005
by Joanne Jordan

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 again.

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 laughed.

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.

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