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Brookhaven Golf Course Ski and Snowshoe ~ Feb 16, 2017

Journal entry by Wanderer



I was concerned for Tom, our leader, that the forecast for overcast skies and lots of wind would cut down on attendance but when twenty skiers and nine snowshoers showed up at the parking lot that theory was immediately disproved.  It took some time to get ready but eventually the two groups got their acts together and we were all underway.  I can’t speak for the condition of the snow for the skiing group but for the snowshoers it was lots of fun.  Since the southern section of the snowshoe trails are more in the woods than on the north side we thought it would be better to explore those in the morning and avoid the wind that was certain to be more prevalent on the fairways.  The area had about 8” on new snow a few days earlier and the trails are not well marked and were unbroken.  Luckily, I had scouted/broken all the snowshoe trails the day before so all we had to do is visit with one another and enjoy the beautiful woods. 

Tom had arranged for the Haven Tee Room Restaurant to be open for lunch so we adjusted our route to arrive back at the parking lot at noon.  It worked out perfectly, meeting up with some of the skiers a short distance from the restaurant.  The rest of the skiers trickled in as we chose our seats and served ourselves to chili, chicken noodle soup and a vegetarian soup with rice and hard rolls – served buffet style.  It is difficult to get motivated for an afternoon ski/snowshoe after such a comfortable lunch location and close to half of the two groups decided to skip the afternoon fun.

Snowshoers decided to explore the north section after lunch with about half of the trails routed on the fairways and the rest through woods of mixed hardwoods and evergreens.  Surprisingly, we even had some sun break through the clouds and show us there were blue skies behind them.  As we crossed the road and the parking lot came into view I sensed that everyone had enough fun for the day and decided to shorten the route a bit and continued on the fairway instead of returning to the woods.  Another day of fond memories!

Thanks Tom for organizing this special outing and a special thanks to Steve Schriber who volunteers to groom the ski trails for the Town of Greenfield and to Kevin Canale, golf pro and restaurant manager for agreeing to provide us with a wonderful lunch.

Peter for Tom

2/20/17 - Jim Israel added 4 photos. 2/24/17 - RayB Bouchard added 7 photos.

25 photos



Herding cats!



Skiers underway - the last time they were all together



Louise - damsel in distress, with Jim and his Velcro to the rescue



Kurt playing in the snow



Fine looking group - the snowshoers



Tom, Don, Donna and Peter heading for lunch



Joanne testing the softness of off-piste powder - photo provided by Barbara



Tip of the day - make sure you look both ways before removing your pack and snowshoes in the middle of the road! (Linda P & Jim I)



Lunch at the Haven Tee Room 1



Lunch at the Haven Tee Room 2



Lunch at the Haven Tee Room 3



Hi Bob!



That would make a crooked cane for sure



Quick stop for a pic - Jim I, Linda F, Linda P, Denis



Snow Shoe Group - added by Jim



Food Man - Nice Place - added by Jim



Tom - added by Jim



Afternoon - added by Jim



The skiers being herded across the road by Tom so everyone could have a nice long morning run before sitting down to a sumptuous lunch at the Haven. To quote Tom, "It was like herding cats", which means once the "Cats" reached the other side they scattered in different directions. And just like cats, the pangs of hunger eventually brought them all back together so they could lap up the soup and chili. - added by RayB



Many in our group headed home after lunch, but Tom, Shelley and I decided we needed to burn off a few more calories, and get in some great runs to boot. - added by RayB



At one point on the trail Tom suggested I put my camera on a post so we could have a group picture. Now mind you, I had all of 10 sec. to get back down the hill to the spot where he had planted his poles. - added by RayB



Well as you can see 10 sec. wasn't quite enough, but at least the camera captured my good side. Some of you may recall a similar incident a few years ago when we skied into Camp Santanoni and had lunch in the Boat House. I coulda, shoulda, woulda brought along my remote camera release, but it wouldn't have been nearly as much fun. - added by RayB



Finally, a few winter scenes that made our day a very enjoyable one. - added by RayB



Photo added by RayB



Photo added by RayB




Attendees:

Skiers - Donna & Peter, Bob McMahon, Don, Tom, Kendra, Candy, Nancy, Cathy C, Lynn, Margie, Ray Boucher, Joanne, Claire, Ray Bouchard, John Rourke, Bill, Jo-Ellen, Shelly, Barbara D

Snowshoers – Joy, Louise (her husband John skied), Jim I, Denis, Diane & Kurt, Linda P, Linda and Peter

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