Location: Pomfret, CT
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Hike Duration: 2 hours; 1.25 miles
Weather: Sunny and cooler. Temps 65-75 degrees
“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” ~Kahlil Gibran
We don’t hike too much in the summer. This seems to surprise a few people. Summer is usually hot and humid, which makes for sticky and uncomfortable hiking (for us anyway!) Add to that mosquitoes buzzing in your ears while they look for a nice, bug-spray-free spot to feast; gnats swimming into your eyes; and deer flies dive bombing your head. I’d rather swim in the pool or take a Jeep ride.
This all means that usually by mid-summer my body and mind begin to yearn being back in the woods. I yearn to breathe in the smells of nature. I yearn to feel the air on my skin. I yearn to look out as far as I can see, and only see fields and woods. Maybe some hills and streams.
I yearn to see nothing but nature.
I love to think that this feeling is reciprocated by the earth. To feel the earth as this breathing, feeling, perceiving being that desires connection with me as well. That the woods miss me just as much when we haven’t been hiking in a while.
Occasionally we receive the gift of a summer morning perfect for hiking. Today, the air felt cool and the sun brightened a clear blue sky. It was like the earth was inviting us to play!
Ledge Trail at the Center at Pomfret, a Connecticut Audubon Society sanctuary, is another one of our go-to’s when we need a shorter hike. And with so many connecting trails here, there’s the versatility to make your hike at the center shorter or longer as you please.
We parked on the side of the road at the trail head and crossed the road to start our hike through the hay field. Most of the times we’ve hiked here, this has been a corn field. Just goes to show how you can hike the same place, and still have it be a different experience each time!
Once through the hay field, we head into the woods. The first few steps in make me pause. The difference is palpable. The sun is filtered through the leaves, the shade makes the air feel cooler, and the smell of earth permeates me. I inhale with a deep breath, breathing in all of the nature surrounding me.
Off of Ledge Trail, we discovered a Wyndham Land Trust trail and decided to explore it, although it didn’t take us very far. We came out to an old, overgrown, dead end road that was gated off from the main road.
We also came across what appeared to be an old branch leaning against a tree. This sounds pretty mundane, but it had our imaginations running wild. We pondered the possibilities. Is it a goose? A rabbit? A deer? A goblin?!
Eventually, we returned to Ledge Trail and followed it to the Mashamoquet Brook. We hiked alongside the brook for a bit until it brought us out to another hay field that would return us to our car. A short, yet beautiful hike on a beautiful day. Just enough of an adventure to leave us feeling refreshed and restored.