It’s been nine months since Bigfoot has been spotted in Hudson parks — or at least the life-sized silhouettes of Bigfoot.
Now that leaves are falling and the foliage is thinning out, participants in "Hike Hudson: In Search of Bigfoot" will have a chance to spot the big guy again.
Friends of Hudson Parks’ annual hiking event runs through Nov. 30. Bigfoot’s "shadows" will be hiding in each of the thirteen parks included in the event. Hikers who pose with Bigfoot and post their photos to Instagram (#HudsonParksBigfoot) will be entered into a drawing.
Ten random winners will receive a Bigfoot Patrol membership kit. "Hike Hudson: In Search of Bigfoot" encourages area hikers to explore a variety of Hudson’s parks. Each year, participants who complete at least eight of 13 designated trails through Nov. 30 will earn a prize. This year, the prize is a 14-gauge steel Bigfoot bottle opener handcrafted by local metal artists Todd and Diane Neal of Kindred Metal (www.kindredmetal.com).
Hike Hudson participants have a choice of just completing the trails to win the bottle opener — or just posting their Bigfoot photos to Instagram — or they can do both.
Entry forms are available at www.friendsofhudsonparks.org. The hiking event, now in its fifth year, allows participants to choose from more than 14 miles of multi-purpose trails at the following locations: Barlow Farm Park, Bicentennial Woods, Boston Mills Park, Cascade Park, Colony Park, Darrow Road Park, Hudson Springs Park, Maple Grove Park, Nicholson Trail, Trumbull Woods, Turnpike Trail, Veterans Way Park and Wildlife Woods.
Friends of Hudson Parks also will host two educational group walks Sept. 23 and 30, beginning at 9 a.m. The Sept. 23 group hike will be at Trumbull Woods, led by Friends board member and historian Lisa Lebovitz. She will guide hikers through the history of the Trumbull Woods property.
On Sept. 30, local geocaching experts Bill and Sue Holman, known as the Muddy Dawgs, will lead a guided hike at Hudson Springs to teach the skills involved in geocaching. Open Door Coffee Company is offering coupons for a free cup of coffee to those who join either of the group hikes (while supplies last). Once participants have finished at least eight of the designated trails, they may turn in their completed forms and claim their Bigfoot bottle openers at one of two locations — Destination Hudson Visitor Center, 27 East Main Street (the historic Town Hall), or Open Door Coffee Company, 164 North Main Street.
For more information or to download forms, visit www.friendsofhudsonparks.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Friends of Hudson Parks is a non-profit organization which actively supports the mission of the Hudson Parks through volunteerism, advocacy, promotion and fundraising. Hike Hudson and other 2017 activities are made possible in part through the support of "Best Friends" annual sponsor, Hudson Preschool Parents.