Letter & Invitation from Grandson of a Trail Conference Founder

Statue of Walt Whitman

Raymond J. Torrey, grandson of Trail Conference founder Raymond H. Torrey, invites members to meet him at this statue, June 22, 2:30pm, sharp!

May 25, 2013

Dear Trail Walker,

Last week I finished my next-to-last section of the AT walking from the NJ/NY line on Bellvale Mountain to Bear Mountain. In 2012 I took a nasty fall on the slippery ledges up there and wound up with 18 stiches in my head. I plan to finish my hike of the AT on June 22, 2013 at the Walt Whitman statue at the Trailside Museum & Zoo, coming south from Salisbury, CT. I invite all Trail Conference members to meet me there and help celebrate. The time is 2:30pm (sharp).

On the 21st, at around 3pm, I plan to hike up to my grandfather’s memorial on Long Mountain with my brother Bill and cousin Warren Millett (also grandsons of Raymond H. Torrey). [TW note: Raymond H. Torrey was an early 20th-century outdoor writer and a founder of the Trail Conference.]

I had read of the ambitious, years-long project of constructing the stone steps up and over Bear Mountain, but I was truly astonished at the scope and magnificence of what I experienced. I think it rivals the building of the pyramids!

Thanks to all the NY/NJ Trail Conference members whose help towards this endeavor made this possible.                                         –Raymond J. Torrey

About Trail Walker

Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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One Response to Letter & Invitation from Grandson of a Trail Conference Founder

  1. Maureen Restivo says:

    Will certainly take you up on your invite,Congratulations on completing your goal!!

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