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HIKING & WALKING GROUPS (We have two groups!)

Wednesday and Friday Hikes - “Hikers in the Woods”
Leaders: Bill Blaufuss, Dave Bue, Mike Johnston, Michael Hehenberger, Sal Mollica, Baxter Urist
Email Bill at:
 

 

All 7 Days of the Week - Walkers
Leader:  Mike Boyle
Email Mike at:

With over 75 men on our email list, Hiking and Walking are among the most popular Y’s Men activities. We have groups that hike in the woods/trails on Wednesdays and Fridays with levels of difficulty to suit everyone. We also have “perambulators” who meet seven days a week to walk various locations around Westport/Weston.

We welcome all Y’s Men.

Pandemic Hiking Rules

  • During pandemic conditions we observe appropriate protocols
  • Do not come if you feel bad in any way (cough, fever, bronchial congestion, the odd ache or pain, fatigue, loss of sense of taste or smell, or whatever)
  • Wait two weeks if you or anybody in your home has had contact with a person who was, may have been, or became ill; if you or anyone in your home recently returned from an area of heightened Covid-19 activity; or if anyone in your family has recently been involved in a crowd situation
  • Please bring a mask to use for gatherings at the beginning and end of the hike but also for whenever we might congregate during the hike
  • Keep appropriate social distance from your fellow Y’s Men and others before, during and after the hike
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, do so into the crook of your arm, facing away from others and bent to direct the cough or sneeze towards the ground
  • No hugs, handshakes, fist bumps or the like, avoid talking face-to-face
  • Bring Purell or other hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol if you have it
  • If you begin to feel ill on the hike, someone will walk you back to the car

General Hiking Guidelines

Wear proper shoes. Bring water. Dehydration can be a problem. Use hiking sticks if you feel more secure with them. Branches, roots, steep declines, ice, wet slippery surfaces, and inattention can quickly lead to a fall. We frequently hike outside the range of cell phones and carry no medical supplies or equipment beyond handling cuts and scrapes. Be aware of the risks and your own limitations and take proper precautions.

Hikers vs. Walkers/Perambulators

Hikers in the Woods – Wednesday and Friday mornings – We generally go to beautiful state parks and hike in the woods.

Wednesday hikes cover 3-5 miles and generally take 2 hours. Friday hikes cover up to 5-7 miles of a duration up to 2-1/2 to 3 hours. The Friday hikes tend to have some more challenging ascents and descents, although some Wednesday hikes have their challenges. We hike in Trout Brook Valley, Devil's Den, Collis P. Huntington State Park, and other locations. We tend to be a talkative bunch.

We hike a different location every time we go out. Notifications of location and meeting time are sent by email a day or two beforehand. If you want to join the email list for notifications, please contact Bill Blaufuss.

On most Wednesdays, the Hikers-in-the-Woods and the Perambulators meet up afterwards at a restaurant for lunch and a cup of cheer. 

Perambulators -  (A BRITISH EXPRESSION: Persons who walks, especially for pleasure and in a leisurely way.)
Perambulator walks are generally on level ground. Every day of the week we meet at specific locations to walk together. Just show up and meet other Y’s Men perambulators. Put your own small group together and saunter for an hour + walk. The objectives are good cheer, active conversation and a restful walk in the outdoors. No announcements are made for these outings, but they do happen every day of the week. If there is threatening weather, you make your own decision if you want to walk. For more information or you want updates please contact Mike Boyle. 

Below are the daily times and meeting places for the Perambulators walks:  Please also check the calendar of events for updates.

DAY

Perambulators Meeting Location

Perambulators Walk Route

Monday

1:00 PM - Norwalk River Valley Trail - Park at Public Parking lot, 171 Danbury Road (Route 7) , Wilton  - just north of Orem’s’ Diner. We'll leave the parking lot together and Walk the Norwalk River Valley Trail accross the street

or

1:00 PM - Sherwood Island State Park - Main Pavillion, Westport, CT

Nice shaded walking trail

or

Walk around this beautiful shoreline park

Tuesday

10:00 AM – Grace K. Salmon Park, 88 Imperial Landing, Westport, CT 06880

Walk around various parts of town and back to the park.

Wednesday

10:00 AM - Sherwood Island State Park - Main Pavillion, Westport, CT

Walk around this beautiful shoreline park

Thursday

9:00 AM   - Coffee and Donuts - Sherwood Island State Park - On some days we meet at the pavillion for Coffee and Donuts and schmoozing before our walk.  Check our calendar or the weekly newsletter which has the details for the week.

10:00 AM - Sherwood Island State Park Walk - Main Pavillion, Westport, CT  

or

1:00 PM - Longshore Marina Parking Lot - at the Longshore Marina

Walk around this beautiful shoreline park

 

 

Walk down to Compo Beach along water to Elvira’s and back.

Friday

10:00 AM - Sherwood Island State Park - Main Pavillion, Westport, CT  

Walk around this beautiful shoreline park

Saturday

10:00 AM - Southport Train Station - – Park in front of Paci Restaurant at 96 Station Street, Southport

Walk to Southport and back to the train station.

Sunday

10:00 AM - Westport Train Station – at Donut Crazy Restaurant (New Haven bound side of station)

Walk across the train bridge down to Longshore and back.

Once again, the leaders for the Hiking and Walking are listed below. Please feel free to contact us to join our outings.

Bill Blaufuss: Wednesday and Friday Hikes - “Hikers in the Woods”
Email:


Mike Boyle: 7 Days a Week - “Perambulators”
Email:


 "The Y's Men's hiking group enjoy a scenic rest during their hike"

 

"The Y's Men's at Putnam Memorial Park's Musem" 

Below: Walk through Norwalk's Calf Pasture Beach