Spring Sunrise on Lantern Hill

| March 20, 2016

Spring Sunrise on Lantern Hill

1 mile; North Stonington, CT I’ve read about this Spring celebration for years, and I’ve always wanted to go. Last year I was thwarted by snow, but today finally got to see the first sunrise of spring atop Lantern Hill while the Westerly Morris Men danced. It was a blast! Here is a small taste for […]

Ten Mile River Walk

| March 20, 2016

Ten Mile River Walk

9.5 miles; Pawtucket and East Providence, RI, and Seekonk, MA So after hiking up Lantern Hill, I raced north to join the PCHC bunch on a ten-mile(ish) hike along the Ten Mile River Greenway and Central Pond in East Providence, Pawtucket, and Seekonk to get in my first real  hike of the spring. This was a car spot hike, […]

Barn Island WMA

| March 19, 2016

Barn Island WMA

4.5 miles; Pawcatuck, CT So after making a truly impressive blister out of a smallish blister by hiking almost 10 miles with it, I was pretty much sidelined for a week or so. I finally decided today to take a short hike to test the newly-healed skin. And even though I knew better, I still hiked this popular local […]

The Sky’s The Limit Challenge, Hike 1—Airline Trail State Park

| March 7, 2016

The Sky's The Limit Challenge, Hike 1—Airline Trail State Park

9.5 miles; Thompson, CT The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has decided to sponsor a second year’s “The Sky’s the Limit Challenge.” I’ll outsource the description to them: The 2015 “Sky’s the Limit Hiking Challenge” was designed to promote hiking in Connecticut’s State Parks and Forests. Hundreds of people enjoyed the opportunity […]

Tillinghast/Wickaboxet

| March 6, 2016

Tillinghast/Wickaboxet

3 miles; West Greenwich, RI So in spite of the blister, I decided to soldier on. I poked a hole in the bottom to drain it, then put antibiotic cream on it, and a sterile bandage designed specifically to protect blisters, AND covered that with some moleskin. Did that work? Yeah—no. Not at all. I […]

Narragansett Trail, Yawbux Loop

| March 5, 2016

Narragansett Trail, Yawbux Loop

4.9 miles; North Stonington, CT Ah, the perils of new gear. I decided to splurge and buy a new pair of waterproof hiking boots. I went with Merrells, because I own a pair of their low-cut hiking shoes already, and the break-in period was zero. They fit perfectly and comfortably right out of the box. […]

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