Cold weather is tough on cars and other mechanical equipment. Many automobile devices we depend upon to operate a car just do not work so well when you have sub-zero temperatures. Just as examples, one of our vehicles left town on the hook when the transmission stopped working. The transmission was fixed due to a factory defect recall. Another vehicle has a tie down strap holding together the tail pipe and still another doesn’t always steer. Many other vehicles rest under snow in driveways and yards. When the weather warms we can have a fix-it-up day.
Last Friday, Rumford Police, Oxford County Sheriffs and State Police spent much of the evening looking for a man who became upset with his family and ran into the woods in Rumford near Hanover. After several hours of wallowing around in the snow he must have gotten cold and he came out of the woods on his own and talked with the police.
We checked recent additions to northeasthikes.com and found that Daren Worcester along with his brother Brad had hiked from Grafton Notch to Baldpate Mountain several weeks ago. The website has many lovely photos of the snowshoe trip. The trail was quite hard to follow with snow covering many of the Appalachian Trail markers. The ice-covered summit was too slick to venture out on and they turned back. Last winter Daren climbed Mt. Washington by himself. Daren and Brad have hiked through most of New Hampshire and all of Maine to Mt. Katahdin on the Appalachian Trail.
Rumford Grange 115 met last Saturday for the January meeting. There were 10 members attending. The Grangers worked on their schedule for the year.