Independence Day on the Shoreline Greenway Trail in Branford

by Jo
July 9, 2015

 

On the morning of July 4th, an enthusiastic crowd of more than 40 adults and children joined members of the Shoreline Greenway Trail (SGT) to walk almost 3 miles on sections of the trail starting from the Tilcon Railroad Tracks. In honor of the holiday, American flags were distributed to all who came; some carried them on the hike, while others had them waving from their hats.

Blue birds in nest

Blue birds in nest

The first section of the Trail paralleled Tilcon Road and from there we walked up Totoket Road to Young Park, where co-chair Chet Blomquist talked about the bluebird boxes that were posted years ago along the edges of the field.  He opened one so that the fascinated onlookers could view two young bluebirds.

We continued past the pond where we saw a regal swan, through the park to Birch Road, then crossed to the next section which runs to Pine Orchard Road.

Outdoor Classroom

Outdoor Classroom

We stopped just short of Pine Orchard Road to view the outdoor environmental classroom that was recently cleaned up by a group of Boy Scouts under the direction of Eagle Scout Charles Slate. Across the trail from the classroom we also visited Nature’s Garden, which is currently under renovation by Sound School student Luke Boyle. There we viewed a beautiful sundial and had a look at the community gardens.

From there it was back along the trails to our starting point, concluding 2 hours of exercise, fresh air, and learning about the trail and its nearby sights. A fun way to start celebrating our national holiday. Our thanks to all who came to celebrate with us!

Future Shoreline Greenway Trail Volunteers

Future Shoreline Greenway Trail Volunteers