Encountering Wildlife: Red Foxes and Squirrels

Sitting out in my sit spot at the far edge of our field, as summer was slowly beginning its transformation into fall, Dennis and I discovered a family of red squirrels living in our hickory tree. Four young ones hanging out in various places on the lower branches above our heads. A brave one curiously … Continue reading Encountering Wildlife: Red Foxes and Squirrels

Trail Wood, CT Audubon

CT Audubon Society at Trail Wood It’s the last day of September. I’m sitting in writer-naturalist Edwin Way Teale’s writing cabin at the CT Audubon Society at Trail Wood in Hampton, CT. September has been a month of transition. A month of challenges and of successes. I’m so grateful I gave myself this little retreat … Continue reading Trail Wood, CT Audubon

Rock Spring Nature Preserve

Location: Hampton, CT Links: AllTrails; The Nature Conservancy; trail map Date: Thursday, March 29th, 2019 Time: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm Hike Duration: 4.5 miles; 4 hours Stats: Approximately 11,350 steps; 45 floors Weather: SUNNY!!! light, cool breeze; 35-55 degrees F Today was a gorgeous day for a hike! Started off a little bit cool, but some good hill … Continue reading Rock Spring Nature Preserve

Joshua’s Trust: Utley Hill Preserve

Location: Columbia, CT Links: Joshua's Trust; Trail Map PDF; Joshua's Trust Facebook Page Date: Thursday, February 7th, 2019 Time: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm Hike Duration: 3.5 miles, 2.5 hours Weather: Overcast and wet; 35-40 degrees F I'll admit, I was concerned about being underwhelmed with this hike when we were first researching and planning it. Many of the Joshua's … Continue reading Joshua’s Trust: Utley Hill Preserve

Mansfield Hollow State Park and Wildlife Area

Location: Mansfield, CT Links: CT DEEP; Trail Map PDF; AllTrails (Lake Loop Trail); PDF marked with our hike Date: Thursday, January 17th, 2019 Time: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm Hike Duration: 7 miles; 4.5 hours Stats: Approximately 17,700 steps; 67 floors Weather: Mostly sunny; 20-30 degrees F We began our hike in the parking area off Bassett Bridge Road. My fingers … Continue reading Mansfield Hollow State Park and Wildlife Area

Sugar Brook Loop Trail

Location: Plainfield, CT Links: AllTrails; Explore Connecticut; Trail Map Date: Thursday, January 10th, 2019 Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Hike Duration: 4.7 miles; 3 hours Stats: Approximately 11,500 steps; 25 floors Weather: Overcast; light snow flurries; 30-35 degrees F Our lunch with a view Today's mission was to find a place where we could wander in the woods. We … Continue reading Sugar Brook Loop Trail

Bull Hill

Location: Thompson/Woodstock, CT Links: Wyndham Land Trust; Last Green Valley; AllTrails; Hartford Courant article Date: Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am Hike Duration: 2.4 miles; 1.5 hours Weather: Partly cloudy; 35 degrees F This one was a family hike! We parked at the end of Bull Hill Road, just outside the metal gate. … Continue reading Bull Hill

Soapstone Mountain

Location: Shenipsit State Forest, Somers/Stafford, CT Links: CT DEEP; Trail Map PDF; AllTrails; Caretakers of Soapstone Mountain Facebook Date: Thursday, December 20th, 2018 Time: 10:45 am – 2:15 pm Hike Duration: 5 miles; 3.5 hours Stats: Approximately 12,300 steps; 64 floors Weather: Mostly overcast with occasional sun breaking through; 35-40 degrees F Every once in a while we … Continue reading Soapstone Mountain

Sauntering Up Peaked Mountain

Location: Peaked Mountain, Monson, MA Links: Trustees; Trail Map PDF Date: Thursday, December 13th, 2018 Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Hike Duration: 3.5-4 miles; 2 hours Stats: Just over 10,000 steps; 53 floors Weather: Overcast; 30 degrees F; snow flurries John Muir is quoted as saying “I don't like either the word [hike] or the … Continue reading Sauntering Up Peaked Mountain

Tracking Turkeys

Location: Boston Turnpike Trail, Eastford, CT Links: Eastford Conservation; Brochure PDF; Trail Map Date: Thursday, December 6th, 2018 Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am Hike Duration: 4 miles Weather: Clear and sunny! Around 30 degrees F According to the posted description at the beginning of this trail, the Boston Turnpike was "the major East-West connector between Hartford and Boston, … Continue reading Tracking Turkeys