Osborndale SP (First Day Hike)

Posted By on January 1, 2017

Osborndale SP (First Day Hike)

3.12 miles; Derby, CT

Today was the First Day Hike/Walking Stick Drawing sponsored by the CT DEEP and the Sky’s the Limit Challenge. It was a decent little hike—a bracing number of ups-and-downs and some nice views for such a suburban park. However, no walking sticks. There were 50 being given away, but 164 entries. BOOOO! The good news is that they’re doing the challenge again in 2017; the announcement will be made on February 2nd. We’ll get those sticks yet…

Another Group Hike

Another Group Hike

It was a clear winter day, no snow anywhere to be seen, with temps in the mid-40s. One hundred and thirty-three hikers headed out from the Kellogg Environmental Center across the street from the park. Surprisingly, I did not end up at the end of the crowd.

History

History

This was, apparently, some sort of historic house site, but with a group of 133 people strung out along the trail, it was impossible to hear the leader’s explanation.

Pretty Picnic Pavilion

Pretty Picnic Pavilion

It’s hard to see in this photo, but this picnic pavilion was at the top of a high hill with a fairly decent view.

Post Hike Drawing

Post Hike Drawing

Here is a shot of the Walking Stick Drawing. Yeah, Stacy’s and my little slips of paper wound up still in the box at the end… sigh.

Track (click for details)

Track (click for details)

Click the above image for details of our track, and to download the gpx file. Trailhead: 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby, CT. You can get a map of this park at the CT DEEP website.

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