The Walking Posts

The posts labeled with the little “Truckin’ ” man are from my Walking Journal, which I've been keeping since January 1, 2012. What began as a simple New Year's Resolution to move more quickly morphed into a hiking addiction. Below are some running totals.

  MILES TIME CALORIES
September 2014 4.27 1h 47m 361
Year-to-Date 280.24 154h 33m 31698
September 2013 .5 0h 30m 40
September 2012 36.18 15h 37m 3504

Wickaboxet Loop Trail

Posted By on September 1, 2014

Wickaboxet Loop Trail

4.25 miles, 2.5 mph; west greenwich, ri

i started this wildlife management area trail from a different spot today than either of the other 2 times i’ve hiked it, and it cut the mileage way down. i guess the other two trail entrances, one from pratt conservation area and one from tillinghast pond, each add a couple miles, because somehow i thought this trail was longer. anyway, it was gross outside… hot and humid, and i was just as happy it was only 4-1/4 miles!

the trail, with signage

the trail, with signage

even though wickaboxet is a state wildlife management area, i think this trail is blazed and maintained by the nature conservancy, because the blue blazes are that same “rgb” blue that we saw yesterday on frances carter. and the signage is excellent. it would make sense, because the wickaboxet loop includes a section of nature conservancy trail which is on tillinghast management area, a nature conservancy property. what i’m trying to say here is that the two properties are adjacent.

and they really really don't want you to go straight here

and they really really don’t want you to go straight here

highlights are a little blown out on this shot, but the little white sign on the post has two arrows, pointing left and right. and there’s a huge barricade of logs.

the ant mounds

the ant mounds

i am told these ant mounds were built and are populated by allegheny mound ants, and that the tunnels can extend up to 3 feet deep, and neighboring mounds can be interconnected. also, i understand that the ants are very aggressive if their mounds and disturbed and they will bite. neat. i gave them a wide berth.

accidental self portrait

accidental self portrait

another accidental self portrait. i kind of liked it.

you can find this hike in the hikefinder under “wickaboxet loop trail from plain meetinghouse road.” the map is my own. i’ve hiked this trail now from three different trailheads: plain meetinghouse road (today’s hike), pratt conservation area, and tillinghast pond management area. see those individual blog posts for mileages.

Francis Carter Preserve

Posted By on August 31, 2014

Francis Carter Preserve

3.9 miles, 2.2 mph; charlestown, ri

another sunday morning, another usual suspects hike. it was overcast and very humid, but still a good walk.

flannel moth caterpillar

flannel moth caterpillar

the trail (which has been freshly brush-cut and widened) was covered with what at first looked like just bits of fluff, but upon further inspection turned out to be caterpillars. small white fuzzy caterpillars. they are flannel moth caterpillars, and mr. google tells me they can deliver a nasty sting under that fuzzy, soft-looking fluff. glad we didn’t find that out the hard way.

autumnal scene

autumnal scene

there were some very pretty young maple trees through here, and they were all turning purple. or perhaps they were always purple and we never noticed before. not sure. anyway, the entire scene looked autumnal, and i’m just not ready for that yet!

you can find the francis carter preserve in the hikefinder.

Narragansett Trail, Green Fall Section

Posted By on August 30, 2014

Narragansett Trail, Green Fall Section

4.05 miles, 2.1 mph; voluntown, ct

also known as just “the green falls gorge,” this section of the [in connecticut] blue-blazed narragansett trail starts at the ri/ct state line marker at the spot where camp yawgoog road becomes green falls road, runs for a stretch north following the state line, and then swings west into the pachaug state forest in connecticut, where you can choose to either turn north to circumnavigate green fall pond on the blue-and-orange-blazed green fall trail or just head south towards the dam and into the gorge on the narragansett. i chose the later, though some time i will have to try the former.

peg mill brook sluiceway

peg mill brook sluiceway

the poor peg mill brook is bone dry right now. normally there’s a very sweet little waterfall here.

green fall pond

green fall pond

the pond, however, still has water in it, and it was lovely today. wish i could say the same for the green fall river in the gorge. the trail features what is usually a pretty scary river crossing, but today it was a piece of cake… a nice dry rock causeway.

arum

arum

the arum, or jack-in-the-pulpit, fruit is ripening into a brilliant red. it really stands out.

you can find this hike in the hikefinder under “narragansett trail, green falls gorge.”

Browning Woods Trail

Posted By on August 24, 2014

Browning Woods Trail

3.15 miles, 2.3 mph; south kingstown, ri

quick, last minute usual suspects hike. we had a lovely time, and the weather was perfect.

the trail

the trail

this is a very easy, flat, unchallenging trail, and the perfect place when you’re just in the mood for a stroll.

stinkhorn!

stinkhorn!

oh, and STINKHORN fungus! and baby, did it ever stink—like a cross between poop and dead things.

you can find browning woods trail in the hikefinder.

Arcadia WMA, Breakheart-Shelter-Hudson Loop

Posted By on August 23, 2014

5.1 miles, 2.4 mph; exeter, ri

this trail starts, and ends, with the john b. hudson trail in arcadia. it goes from 165 to breakheart pond on the hudson trail, then takes the breakheart trail around to the north of breakheart pond, then comes back down the hicks trail (an old road) back to the breakheart brook fishing access trail, which intersects frosty hollow road for a short spell and then loops back to the hudson trail on the shelter trail. it’s a nice 5-mile lollipop loop.

breakheart trail sign

breakheart trail sign

because the amc, narragansett chapter, is in charge of trail maintenance in arcadia, all the trails are well-blazed with excellent signage, and this loop is no exception. oh, except for the fact that both the hicks trail (an old dirt road) and the breakheart brook fishing access trail are not part of the amc trail system. despite that, they’re pretty easy to find and follow.

breakheart pond, north end

breakheart pond, north end

there’s still some water left in breakheart pond.

millipede!

millipede!

and you know how once you notice something, like a car or a new word, you suddenly see or hear it everywhere? well i had never seen a millipede until a few weeks ago when i saw several on the bluff head section of the mattabesett trail. wouldn’t you know i saw one on this hike, too. this guy was moving all his thousand legs and zooming across the trail.

fairy door

fairy door

oh, and another fairy door like on the duval trail. really? looks like the same “artist,” too.

you can find this hike in the hikefinder under breakheart pond loop.

Pelloni Preserve

Posted By on August 22, 2014

Pelloni Preserve

4.11 miles, 2.4 mph; hopkinton, ri

this hopkinton land trust preserve is kind of a mess. the trail map shows named trails, but there are no blazes and no signs, and a lot of random crossing trails that go onto private property. it was hard to tell where i was.

bridge

bridge

i was fairly confident this was an actual trail, though i don’t know exactly which one i was on. i figure the bridge is too nice for private property.

private?

private?

once i got to this spot, however, i was kind of guessing i was on private property. i can’t imagine the land trust folks endorsing buddhism.

dead truck

dead truck

this is the only point on the whole walk i was absolutely sure i was on one of the named trails on the trail map. know how i was sure? there was a trail on the map labelled “dead truck trail.” bingo.

i have added this hike to the hikefinder, but the mileage on the entry includes a lot of backtracking, so i really have no idea how many miles the trails on this preserve add up to. the map i’ve linked to is the hopkinton land trust map, and i didn’t mark my route on it. so your mileage may vary considerably.