On Saturday, September 16, the Birch Rock Outing Club was launched with an inaugural hike in the White Mountains. This hike drew an impressive cross-section of the Birch Rock Community, including campers and Family campers, counselors, current and former trip directors, staff (including medical staff), parents, alumni, trustees, friends, and . . . dogs. There were 17 of us (and four dogs).
It started out a as an unusually warm September day. It was a great day for our inaugural hike, feeling as if it could have been mid-July. In a beautiful setting, the Birch Rock group of hikers and pooches set out to conquer the Welch-Dickey loop trail. A gentle sloping wooded trail opened up to a beautiful lookout point over the White Mountain National Forest. From the lookout point it was a steeper push up to the first peak. While scrambling up open rock faces it was easy to see where New Hampshire gets its nickname, the Granite State. As we approached the peak of Welch Mountain the views just got better and better. After a short jaunt up to Dickey Mountain it was time for a lunch break on the open rock face peak. The Birch Rockers soaked in the sun and the warm company. After lunch it was time for our final descent with a few more lookout points along the way. A great view of the hike we had conquered and a few sheer cliffs awaited us. After the hike we finished the day off with a wonderful Salty Snack spread supplied by the Rotman family. It was a fantastic end to a fantastic day. A good time was most certainly had by all.
Thank you to all that could join us for this event. If you couldn’t join us this time worry not! Another BRC Outing Club event will be coming soon. Lookout for an invite via email, on the Birch Rock website, Facebook and Instagram.