Monadnock June 5, 2019

The day began again with Tai Chi held in the beautiful chapel nestled in the trees. Breakfast followed at 8am. The plan for today was to pack up our lunches and go over to the Park Headquarters where we’d pick up the Parker Trail that leads to the Cliff Walk.

Al Stoops was our co-leader. He’s a great hiker and fabulous naturalist and outdoor educator. It’s always a joy having him along.  After an easy hike on the Parker Trail, we branched off onto the Cliff Walk which would lead out to Bald Rock.

Soon, we encountered the infamous ladder which everyone negotiated successfully. I took a lot of video here.  Amazingly, after a terrible report on the weather, it completely turned around. It was a bit warm, but no rain at all, mostly clear skies. We stopped along the way to enjoy the many features of the hike, including Hello Rock and several overlooks. We clambered over Thoreau’s Seat and Emerson’s Seat, features named for these famed Transcendentalists, though it is unclear if they actually perched on these rocks! Success – we all made it too Bald Rock and what great views! The summit looked great. We had lunch at Bald Rock before starting down the mountain.

Al took a group ahead and stopped by Wolf’s Den and the Mine. When we got to the near junction, we switched to the Lost Farm Trail to get back to the parking lot, where the vans met us.

Once again, a fabulous meal followed by entertainment. Classical guitarist, David Ross, performed a wonderful concert of Spanish classical pieces. He was amazing and personable; we all enjoyed his playing immensely. What a way to end a challenging day.