Had a nice visit today with my friend Art Sweeton. He is now 94 years old and my old hiking companion prefers "sit-down hiking" these days, so I invited him over to ride in the Polaris Ranger down to the beaver pond and to see the bridge I put in two years ago. Here he is at the bridge.
Along the way I showed him one of the town boundary rocks that is on my land. I found it several years back from a map Art had drawn. Years ago the town selectmen's duties included perambulating the town boundary once a year. The selectmen we have now would not be capable of that sort of activity, and the law has been changed now for quite some time. When he was a boy, Art accompanied his father, who was the First Selectman at the time, on the last official perambulation.
Art introduced me to a number of things besides town boundary markers. He got me involved in the Land Trust, and also introduced me to the Codgers club, from which I have been missing for a while. He told me today they meet on Wednesdays at 8 instead of 7 as they used to. They used to be primarily a hiking club, but now they are mostly a breakfast club. Art's son Fred is retired and is now a member. That may make them the only father and son members in the club, although Zack has attended in an unofficial capacity in the past.