Coogan Farm

| March 26, 2013

Coogan Farm

1 mile this was a very sedate garden club stroll through a property that the denison pequotsepos nature center is planning to buy in mystic. it was a very lovely place, and full of interesting features. and cows. there were cows. the dpnc’s plans include connecting trails on this property to their already extensive trail […]

Bamboozled on Barn Island

| March 2, 2013

Bamboozled on Barn Island

4.5 miles   2.7 mph i can’t believe, with the number of times i’ve walked this property, that i somehow missed a turn and got lost. i ended up about a half mile north of my car on palmer road. i think it turned out to be a slight shortcut, because i only managed 4 […]

Rock Springs Nature Preserve, Scotland, CT

| February 6, 2013

Rock Springs Nature Preserve, Scotland, CT

3.51 miles   2.7 mph this is a very interesting nature conservancy property. there was a stone bench at an amazing overlook that reminded me of nothing more than “amon hen” from tolkein’s the fellowship of the rings. this, if you recall (and i know you do; you’re all geeks, right?) was a hill on the west […]

Nipmuck Trail

| December 20, 2012

Nipmuck Trail

7.56 miles   ★★★★★ today was as close as i could get to a solstice hike. this property was absolutely fantastic. what a gorgeous place to hike. it really felt wild. i encountered some sort of water mammals (otters? beaver? muskrats?)—could see the splashes they were making, and they were yanking on low branches that hung […]

Hoffman Evergreen Preserve

| December 15, 2012

Hoffman Evergreen Preserve

.91 miles   ★★★½ just a quick visit with a friend. this is really a pretty place, and i really have to come back here and do it right. i know i said that last time, but next time for sure! you can get an excellent trail map of this preserve from the avalonia land […]

Salmon River Trail

| December 3, 2012

Salmon River Trail

7.38 miles   ★★★★★ you gotta love a hike that starts (and ends) on a 175-year-old covered bridge! this is a beautiful hike. pretty strenuous, with 400+ foot elevation changes, but worth it. this was a ct forest & park association blue-blazed trail, and was pretty clearly marked and well-maintained. this is the comstock covered bridge […]

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