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Adventures of Buffalo & Tough Cookie

July 10, 2014

The Rey Center summer lecture series, “Trails and Tales from the Wilderness,” continues on Friday, July 11 at 8 p.m. with The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie, presented by hiker Dan Szczesny.

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Szczesny is a long-time journalist and writer and is associate publisher of The Hippo.  He’s a member of the AMC’s 4,000-footer club and has written extensively about the outdoors and hiking. Most recently, he spent a month in Nepal trekking to Everest Base Camp.

Szczesny’s book, The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie, is part trail guide – a peak-by-peak mountain guide to help other hikers learn about and explore some of the state’s least-known mountains (the 52 With a View) – and part memoir, a travelogue of two hikers.

When Szczesny and his nine-year-old ward, Janelle, first set foot on the trail to Mt. Kearsarge in Nov. 2011, neither of them knew that this easy hike to one of the state’s most popular mountain tops would change both their lives. What followed was a hiking odyssey that lasted over a year as the two hikers cross-crossed the state on their way to a 225-mile epic attempt to complete a little-known hiking list called The 52 With a View.

Come meet the author on Friday night.  Hear his story first hand, and get your book signed! Admission is FREE thanks to the generosity of Waterville Valley’s Town Square Merchants and Wayne and Barbara Thornbrough.

Save the date for more Rey Center lectures!

Friday, August 1, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Hiking History of the White Mountains by Mike Dickerman, NH hiking columnist and guidebook author.

Friday, August 29, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.True Wilderness: The Adirondack Mountains and the Trans-Adirondack Route by Erik Schlimmer.

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. – It’s Not About the Hike by Nancy Sporborg and Pat Piper, two ordinary women on an extraordinary adventure.

For more information on Rey Center programming or becoming a member, visit or email at  603-236-3308.


About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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