September 30, 2009
by Rich Cyr

It all started when I was looking for something fun to do that didn’t require a lot of money. Having been to Shock and Awe on Huntingdon Ave. in Waterbury several times, I heard they have hikes throughout the trails in the area. I love the outdoors and to me nothing beats getting away from the pressures of everyday life than a nice hike on a beautiful day. Saturday Sept. 19th was no exception. A group of us met at the shop to decide where we would be going. We all decided on the trails of Black Rock State Park in Watertown,Ct. Pete,the co-owner of Shock and Awe,was our fearless leader. We decided to park outside of the gates in order to keep from being locked in. The six of us in the group took one look at the trail and decided that we wanted to make it more exciting by creating our own trail. We did just that,walking through dense brush and prickers. Destination unknown, but we didn’t care.

We were having a great time. It reminded me of a quote by Teddy Roosevelt who not only was one of our greatest presidents,but also an avid outdoorsman. His motto was:”Above or below,but never around. “If you couldn’t walk through it,you climbed over it or crawled underneath it,but you never circled it. This included not only hills,boulders and thornbrushes, but also rivers.


We took his words to heart as we made it to a river. Instead of following the trail,we climbed the slippery rocks to our next destination. Along the way Pete pointed out several trees and told the group what they were. I found his information very interesting. We eventually made it to a marked trail which took us to the reservoir. Hearing the park rangers jeeps took us in a new direction. Once again we decided to venture from the marked trail into uncharted territory.

We walked for awhile taking in the breathtaking sights. Pete put it best when he said,”This is the best medicine.” I couldn’t agree more. We decided to turn back as the sun was going down. Not knowing exactly where we were going and not caring,we walked seeing things that most people just take for granted. I can definitely say with conviction that “The road less traveled is the better one.” After making it back to our cars the group talked about having this on a regular basis. The one dilemma we have is coming up with a name. Staying with the Teddy Roosevelt theme I came up with Pete’s Rough Riders. Other names were mentioned but none were officially picked.

I think having this every Saturday or every other Saturday would be a great thing. Not only is it fun,but it will also get people who are stuck in the daily grind of the city life a chance to enjoy the beauty of nature and have a great time doing it. I hope to see more people as this progresses. I know that I’ll be there. So nobody feels left out, there will be different levels of hiking. They have easy,moderate and for the more adventurous,difficult. The one thing that is promised is a good time.

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