Opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and bask in the beauty of the East End are plentiful in the upcoming days.
On Saturday, the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society will host a hike through one of the most dramatic views on the East End. Participants will meet at Shadmoor State Park in Montauk and explore woodsy trails and substantial bluffs and have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with World War II bunkers. Proper footgear should be worn. Hikers can meet at the Shadmoor parking lot on the south side of Route 27 at 9:00 a.m. Eva Moore can be contacted for more information at 631-238-5134, or, on the day of the hike, at 631-681-4774.
Also on Saturday, the Southampton Trails Preservation Society will host a hike of the Atlantic Gully Trail from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Attendees will trek down a steep incline into one of Southampton’s most unique trail systems, and then up again for profound views of Bridgehampton and the ocean beyond. The hike will be moderately paced and include hilly terrain. Those interested should meet near the end of Guyer Road in Water Mill at 9 a.m. The hike leader, Tim Corwin, can be contacted for more information at 631-204-7821.
Interested in an Independence Day hike? The Southampton trails preservation group is organizing a Grassland to Grassland hike in collaboration with the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt. Beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday, participants will meet at Poxabogue Park and embark on a moderately paced 2-mile hike to Vineyard Field with pond views. Dai Dayton, the hike leader, can be reached at 631-745-0689 for questions.
Looking ahead to Saturday, July 10, the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center invites participants to a paddle through diamondback terrapin turtle territory. Exploring by kayak, those interested will try and spot terrapins in the brackish waters of Northwest Harbor. A brief walk on the shore may take place to look for evidence of terrapins. Paddlers must bring their own kayaks. There is a $10 fee, but members of the museum can take part for free. The program is for teenagers and adults. Advance registration is required for this event and space is limited; sign-up is by email to [email protected] or by phone to 631-537-9735.
On July 11, Quail Hill invites both beginner and experienced meditation practitioners to enjoy its many acres of beauty. Participants will practice seated and walking meditation with Peter Corbett, who practices Zen Buddhism, and other members of the community. Those interested are urged to bring whatever will allow them to comfortably sit in meditation, such as a blanket, chair, or cushion. Meditation begins promptly at 9 a.m. Mr. Corbett can be contacted at [email protected] for questions.