SHICKSHINNY — Bitter cold temperatures didn’t freeze the motivation of local hiking enthusiasts. On Sunday, a contingent of hikers trekked the Susquehanna Warrior Trail near Shickshinny to enjoy the wintry outdoors and to help the trail continue to grow.
Rich McNulty — president of the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club based in Wilkes-Barre, which sponsored the event — said the club donated $100 to the Warrior Trail committee as part of their journey.
McNulty said the trail, which twists around Shickshinny and Mocanaqua, could eventually extend to Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre.
Hikers enjoy the trail as a healthy outdoor activity, forming a camaraderie along the way as they partake in an afternoon of exercise and sightseeing.
Club members come from all walks of life, said member Tom Barnard.
“Men, women, old, young, married, single … and there are many vocations represented. But we all have one aim out on the hiking trail, to enjoy the outdoors,” he added.
On Sunday, a group of hikers began a 7-mile walk at noon, following closely behind hike leader McNulty. They observed jagged ice flows on the Susquehanna River and checked out some local wildlife and plant life in their mid-January states. All hikers are advised to follow the leader, who is sure not to go faster than the slowest hiker so he can keep the group together.
After walking a nature trail, they trekked some concrete trails as they took a tour through Shickshinny Borough.
Club members just “enjoy good conversation” and socialization, Barnard said. After each excursion, members like to sit down at a local restaurant for dinner.
McNulty said the weather was a little cold but not bad.
Hikes are held every Sunday and are scheduled three months in advance so participants are ready for anything nature throws their way, Barnard added.
The Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club was organized in 1932 and has about 80 local members. Anyone interested in joining one of the hikes can do so for no charge, and memberships are available. More information is available at susquehanna_trailers.tripod.com.