Bright skies and warm temperatures on Sunday helped attract about 35 people on a hike through the Shelton Land Trust\u2019s Nicholdale Farm open space property. The Shelton Trails Committee\u2019s annual Marshmallow March included a halfway break with a roaring fire to toast marshmallows and sip hot chocolate. Hikers ranged in age from toddlers to seniors, and they were joined by numerous friendly dogs. Many young families made the trek. They hiked through meadows, woodlands and marsh areas while crossing small brooks and traversing some gentle hills. Hikers encountered some snow and muddy areas along the way, but much of the snow had melted in the previous few days, making for a pleasant experience for the participants. The Nicholdale Farm property is on Route 110 between downtown and the Monroe border, just west of Beardsley Cider Mill and Orchard. Families hike together \u201cYou can\u2019t ask for a nicer day for a hike,\u201d said Paul Uhrynowski of Shelton, who was joined by his son Luke, 8, and daughter Laura, 7, at the event. The Uhrynowskis also were on the winter hike last year. This year\u2019s winter hike with toasted marshmallows was held later than usual due to two previous cancellations from snow. \u201cThe snow is down now \u2014 nothing too bad,\u201d Uhrynowski said. Terry Gallagher, a Trails Committee member who led the hike, told participants at the start that \u201celves\u201d were in the woods preparing the fire for their halfway break. Some Trails Committee volunteers had headed out earlier to get the break site ready. \u201cThis is an awesome turnout,\u201d Gallagher said. Hiking through the family farm Bruce Nichols was on the hike, which meandered what was his grandfather Fred\u2019s dairy farm until it was acquired by the Shelton Land Trust in the 1990s. As a child, Nichols would spend most of his summers on the farm helping out. His grandfather purchased more than 100 acres of farmland in 1910 for $2,500, Nichols said, explaining the farm predated the construction of Route 110 (Leavenworth Road). The state used some of the Nichols\u2019 farmland to build the two-lane road, Editor's note: An earlier version of this story said the farm was originally purchased by Fred Nichols in 1910 for $25,000; the correct amount is $2,500. We regret the error and any confusion it may have caused.