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  DECEMBER 2004 SCHEDULE

Thursday, Dec. 2,  8:30 a.m., FCE Unofficial, Mattabesett Trail, Middletown

Meet in the commuter parking lot on the corner of Town Farm Rd. and Rt. 4 (Farmington Ave.), Farmington for this brisk pace 6 mile hike. Anticipate a 2:30 pm return time.  L: Marie Coons

Sunday, December 5, 11:00 am, SC, Salmon River State Park, Colchester

Approximate 5 mile hike to Day Pond and return.  Meet at covered bridge on Rt. 16 -- check road map.  Bring lunch.  201-536-9891 for more info.  Rain cancels.

Sunday, December 5, 1:30 pm, SG, Holiday Hike and Social 

Choice of short or long hike.  Hike starts at 1:30 PM, social and singing at 3:00 PM  Meet at the bulletin board at the park entrance. The Sleeping Giant Park is on Mt. Carmel Avenue in northern Hamden, on the left-hand side, about mile in from Whitney Avenue (Rt. 10). Hikers should wear comfortable, supportive shoes and bring snacks and water, as desired and dress for the weather. Please do not bring pets. The hikes are open to the public, and there is no fee.  CL: SGPA Hiking Committee and SGPA Board of Directors

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 8:00 am, FCE Unofficial, AT in New York  postponed to 12/16 due to weather

Meet at the Burlington Commons in Burlington for this almost 7 mile hike of the AT in New York State. Anticipate a 5 pm return time. Pack plenty of food, water, and clothing layers.  L: Marie Coons

Thursday, Dec. 9,  8:30 a.m., FCE Unofficial, Mattabesett Trail, Middletown

Meet in the commuter parking lot on the corner of Town Farm Rd. and Rt. 4 (Farmington Ave.), Farmington for this 5 mile hike. Anticipate a 2:00 pm return time.  L: Marie Coons

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 8:30 am, FCE Unofficial, Mattabesett Trail, Middletown  postponed to ???

Meet in the commuter parking lot on the corner of Town Farm Rd. and Rt. 4 (Farmington Ave.), Farmington for this 7.5 mile hike. Anticipate a 3:30 pm return time.  L: Marie Coons

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 9:00 am, Local Hike, Sweetheart Mountain, Collinsville

Meet at Unionville Stop & Shop, (or in Collinsville in the rail trail lot between the Museum and the Antiques factory at 9:20AM)  Not a long hike.  Should be back at the cars around 11:15 or so. Possible lunch across the street at LaSalle Market afterwards.  L: Diana Meyer

Thursday, Dec. 16,  8:00 a.m., FCE Unofficial, AT in New York

Meet at the Burlington Commons in Burlington for this almost 7 mile hike of the AT in New York State. Anticipate a 5 pm return time. Pack plenty of food, water, and clothing layers.  L: Marie Coons

Tuesday, Dec. 21, 8:45:am, Local Hike, Talcott Mountain   Cancelled due to extreme cold and icy road conditions.

We'll be going up the backside of Talcott Mountain to the Pavilion from Reservoir 6 off Rt. 44.  Meet at Avon Fisher Meadows Rec area parking lot on Old Farms Rd just east of Rt. 10 (or at 9:15 at the very back of Reservoir 6 off Rt 44 in the parking lot by the water tanks with the view of Hartford)  Back to the cars by noon-ish? Lousy weather cancels! L: Diana Meyer

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Legend: AMC=Appalachian Mountain Club, AT=Appalachian Trail, BLT=Burlington Land Trust, CFPA= CT Forest & Park Assn., CL=Co-leader, CPL=Commuter Parking Lot or Carpool, CWB=CFPA's CT Walk Book, FCE=Farmington Continuing Education, L=Leader,  LH=Local Hike, PSF=Peoples State Forest, SC=Sierra Club, SG=Sleeping Giant Park Assoc., U=unofficial