Updated: Dec 29, 2021
A WoW year!
Everyone Outside responded to the needs of the community and offered more Women of the Woods (WoW) hikes than ever before for a total of 21 hikes in 2021. If you include the 22 virtual WoW Sit Spot/Wander programs we hosted on Zoom, Everyone Outside had 43 WoW programs in 2021! This compares to 23 programs (11 WoW hikes) in 2020 and 13 program (11 hikes) in 2019.
We started off the year visiting both waterfalls at Wadsworth Falls State Park (Middlefield & Middletown) in January.
We enjoyed a sit spot by Laurel Brook.
In February, there was snow and one of our 2 hikes at Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth was a snowshoe. I love it when it is warm enough we can have a sit spot in the snow, especially when we can be next to a flowing stream.
The stream flowed under the snow in places. There were gorgeous ice formations on the cliffs.
In March our hike at the Rockland Preserve in Madison was icy in places, but we had beautiful sunny days.
Emmy (EO staff) joined us with her 7 month-old daughter.
In April, we enjoyed gorgeous spring days at Tyler Mill Preserve in Wallingford.
The narrow ridge, tall cliffs, the hugging trees, and many signs of spring were highlights.
In May, we hiked on the ground of Wadsworth Mansion and in Wadsworth Falls State Park (Middletown). We enjoyed a sit spot near one of the pretty stone bridges that Cornel Wadsworth had built on the carriage roads of his estate.
We also caught and viewed some creatures at the vernal pool.
In June, the weather was hot for our hikes at the Rockland Preserve (Madison) and Braemore Preserve (Guilford).
We found two fawns, a snapping turtle and some chicken of the woods (fungus)
In July, our WoW hike was at the Palmer Taylor Preserve owned by the Middlesex Land Trust (MxLT) in Portland. A friend at MxLT got special permission for us to visit a gorgeous waterfall on a nearby private property. We also walked through Fire Ring Farm where Everyone Outside's summer Farm and Forest Camp was in session and saw the cool geodesic dome they had just built.
We enjoyed the cool of the falls for our sit spot.
The annual sunset hike at Mt. Pisgah (Durham) was in September. After the beautiful sunset, we hiked down at dusk using our flashlights only for the final part of the descent. The night sounds were enjoyed as we circled up at the end.
We enjoyed the cool breeze at the top for our sit spot among the pitch pines.
In October our hike was at the Mica Ledges Preserve (Durham & Madison) and a small section of both the Rockland Preserve (Madison) and the Mt Pisgah Preserve (Durham).
We enjoyed a sit spot by Whitney Pond and the view from the ledges.
Our November hikes were at the East River Preserve in Guilford.
We liked all the big boulders and our sit spot near the tree growing on the rock.
We finished off the year with hikes at River Highlands State Park in Cromwell.
We enjoyed a sit spot down by the Connecticut River
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