The A-TEAM!'s Beginning In 1979 a loose organization of individuals
sharing common outdoor interests evolved. They became a very active, well organized and
communicative group, adopting the name Crooked Canes in 1985. One outing was scheduled each Thursday.
Individuals who considered a scheduled outing not desirable due to difficulty, distance from home, a particular venue or any other reasons
would simply not attend and at some point began to privately and quietly organize alternate outings. There's more info on our
The popularity of the Crooked Canes grew over the years
with outings covering a wide spectrum of activities, level of difficulty from easy to challenging and close to or farther away from
our central meeting place. In 2015 a number of veteran Canes began to discuss establishing a schedule of outings parallel to the
regular outings that would involve less effort, be generally closer to home and which would not
dilute participation in the existing schedule. It was a very logical
progression and on Thursday, September 17, 2015 a new "experimental group" had its first
outing at a new venue, the Dean
Farm Heritage Trail in Stony Creek. That outing generated a lot of interest, excitement and
anticipation of possibilities for the future. Joanne Armstrong, "eagerly" accepting responsibility (as in "No problemo,
Tom!") to write an entry in the Journal (there really was no getting out of it!) said "I had no idea
what to call this and calling our group that day the "A-TEAM!" was the
first thing that popped into my head so I called it that."
Where Does The A-TEAM! Go And How Difficult Are Outings? Pretty much anywhere they want and generally whenever they want. These
outings differ from the regularCurrent Regular Outings
in that they are shorter in duration and driving distance and have an
"Easier," aka "Green Circle" difficulty rating described on our
Difficulty rating page.
Who Can Go On A-TEAM! Outings? Anyone who is a Crooked Cane is on the A-TEAM! any time they want to be. New Attendees can use an A-TEAM! outing as
a test run to get to know more about the group and develop a good "Will I fit in?" comfort level.