Volunteer Spotlight: Les Tyrala

Town: Quincy

Volunteer activities: Two separate geology walks for the FBH at Great Blue Hill and the Quincy Quarries.  Additionally, I have been leading geology walks for other organizations here in eastern Massachusetts for many years.

FBH member since:  ~1995

Favorite Hike: Hancock Hill and Sawcut Notch Path.

Favorite thing to do in the Blue Hills: My wife and I spend time hiking and birding in every month of the year.  Additionally, walking along Burma Road, Fowl Meadow, during the bird migrations is always rewarding.

Funniest thing that happened at the Blue Hills:  Being surprised, then laughing, then pleased by the unexpected proximity of northern water snakes at St. Moritz Ponds.

Favorite activities with Friends of the Blue Hills: Giving geology walks.  I like to share my geological knowledge and enthusiasm with the public.  My walks are always filled to capacity at any property, and this warms my geological heart.

2 Responses to “Volunteer Spotlight: Les Tyrala”

  1. Matt Gallagher says:

    Interested in future geology walks in Massachusetts.
    Matt Gallagher

    • You’re in luck! We’ve scheduled another one of Les’ hikes for November 10th. I’ve pasted the description below. Make sure you register now — his walks always fill up! (To register, call 617-698-1802, ext.213). Hope to see you in November!

      Quincy Quarries: Taken for Granite
      Saturday November 10
      Join Les Tyrala, a registered geologist as we explore the geology and quarry history to understand why the granite of Quincy was so valuable. Additionally we’ll admire some glacial features at the edges of the quarry. Sturdy footwear is required and the ability to climb rugged, narrow trails.1.5 hours. Space is limited. pre-registration is required. Call 617-698-1802, ext.213 for meeting place and directions.

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