August 3-5, 2012
NERSFL's summer trip highlighted staying at the Royalty INN in Gorham, HH, renewing friendships, playing cards poolside, and of course, dining together. A warm welcome to Sharon Ferris, our newest guide. Eighteen adventurers from four different states participated. On Saturday everyone hiked. Two groups were designated based on how vigorously each person wished to hike. The trail was cool and shady without roots and rocks. Before leaving, Sunday, many browsed or shopped at the quaint country store across from the hotel
by Shelley Wine
The Saturday hike departed from the Dollycop campground with an ascent of part of the Great Gulf Notch trail, then a portion of the Great Gulf Links Trail complete with a swaying walk on the wooden suspension bridge over the Peabody River. The trail presented challenges to many due to the rocky and rooty terrain underfoot but talented guides and hard-hiking VIPís worked together to enjoy a three hour long trip. Some ended their excursion with an icy and refreshing plunge into the swimming hole at the side of the Peabody River where we joined Dollycop campers including a reluctant Husky.
For much-needed sleep and repast, we enjoyed the hospitality of The Royalty Inn in Gorham. Saturday dinner at the Inn included Italian specialties, luscious banana pie and a chocolate birthday cake (with a Happy Birthday sing-along for Abby)
Dinner was followed by conversation poolside and games of Hearts.
We began Sunday morning devouring stacks of blueberry pancakes. Some then enjoyed a refreshing walk on the Pine Mountain trail while others splashed in the outdoor pool at the Inn. A third group purchased knick-knacks and fudge at the Scoggins General Store across the street from the Inn. Jalapeno, rum raisin, rocky road, and vanilla were the favorites.
We want to be sure to send our healing thoughts and prayers to Michael one of our intrepid guides, who was in a car accident on his way home, with mild injuries, thankfully.
by Jennifer Harnish