I got up at 4am so that I could get to the Port Authority in New York City for my 5:15am bus to Keene. All went well: grabbed a cab and got there with more than enough time to spare. Managed to have my own seat and snooze a bit. It stopped a lot and had a 50-minute layover in Springfield, MA. Bootless was there at the bus station in Keene to meet me.
We went to a nice brunch place in Keene and caught up on all the news. She then took me to Pilgrim Pines, where I waited for check-in.
Arlene was our volunteer host for the week and the watercolor group was also at PP at the same time. A good combination of disciplines and a nice group of new friends. Pilgrim Pines put on its traditional Turkey dinner – the beginning of a week of great food!
Following dinner, both groups convened in the Meeting House for a general orientation. Tiffany Mannion, the Road Scholar Coordinator, gave a thorough introduction to Pilgrim Pines and the Monadnock area, and I gave a short presentation reviewing the hike schedule, hiker safety tips, and info about hiking with a group.