Super Bowl Hike held along Scantic River
By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Thu., Feb. 6, 2014
The fifth annual Scantic River Super Bowl Hike attracted approximately 90 hikers on Feb. 2. “We just figured that people needed to get out and stretch their legs and get some exercise before sitting and watching the big game all day,” said Scantic River Watershed Association President Patrick Sharron. “This is a fun way to experience nature and see the beauty of the Scantic River and be social with the community. There are really nice trails along the river. This is an awesome way to highlight all that the Scantic has to offer.”
Bailey Road in Enfield was lined with the cars of hikers who came out for the 3-mile hike. “We’re from Vernon,” said Bill Green, Jr. “We have always talked about doing a hike like this, but just never seemed to get around to it. Today is the day.”
Green’s wife Anne added, “We love to do stream fishing. This is a great way to check out the Scantic River to see if there are good spots to fish at.”
Chris Lachendro of Enfield decided that the day was just too beautiful to stay inside. “The weather is great and it’s wonderful to get out and get some exercise,” said Lachendro. “We all feel cooped up from the cold weather of the winter. The kids feel it and so do the dogs. I have four dogs, and you can tell that they are feeling closed in. They start to fight and get restless, just like the kids during winter vacation. That is why I brought my beagle, Cooper, with me today; this is really his element. He loves running and being around other people. This is his second year at this walk.” Lachendro feels that people and animals can get what he calls “house happy” during the winter months. He said that we do the bare minimum and just seem to stay in the house and wait for the warmer weather. This seemed to be the main idea of why most hikers came out to the event.
There are a couple of events scheduled for this spring by the SRWA. March 29 is the 23rd annual Scantic Spring Splash, an event that welcomes all people with their kayaks and canoes to enter the race that is the official beginning of the spring for the SRWA. On June 7, Elliot Levy will be giving a theatrical history lesson on Powder Hollow. For more information on upcoming events, visit the website www.srwa.org.