Big Mount Misery Loop

| November 30, 2012

Big Mount Misery Loop

8.56 miles   ★★½ i had so much fun doing the (almost) 8-mile vin gormley trail on monday that i decided to do another 8-miler, this time in the pachaug state forest. well, i found out there’s a big difference between (almost) 8 miles on a flat, well-traveled footpath and 8 1/2 miles on what were […]

Mashamoquet Brook State Park

| November 17, 2012

Mashamoquet Brook State Park

3.94 miles   ★★★★½ this is a very pretty park, with nicely blazed and well-maintained trails. of course, this is a park, not a wildlife management area like pachaug, so no multi-use trails and no motorized vehicles and no hunting. i did hear gunshots off in the distance, but nothing in the park. the main trail system […]

Reed-Mitchell Preserve

| November 15, 2012

Reed-Mitchell Preserve

2.66 miles   ★★★½ this is an avalonia land conservancy property in north stonington. it includes a pretty little brook, some very cool glacial erratics, and lots of old stone walls. however, i can’t express how much i hate walking on the thick carpet of leaves that obscures the trails. very annoying. not that i’m expecting […]

Barn Island, Saltwater Farm Vineyard

| October 21, 2012

Barn Island, Saltwater Farm Vineyard

3.31 miles   ★★★★★ back to barn island again… i just can’t keep away. went with a couple friends on a leisurely stroll. the place was jumping! it was super busy with hikers, mountain bikers, joggers, dog walkers, and a couple of graduate students working on their theses, not to mention about a dozen boat trailers […]

Pendleton Hill, Legendwood, and the Narragansett Trail

| October 18, 2012

Pendleton Hill, Legendwood, and the Narragansett Trail

4.85 miles   ★★★★★ i had the most fun hike ever today! a friend who lives up on pendleton hill in north stonington invited me up to see their land, which abuts the pachaug state forest. it’s a gorgeous property, with some very cool features, including a giant oak tree (said to be the oldest and […]

Barn Island WMA, Again

| October 17, 2012

Barn Island WMA, Again

4.57 miles   ★★★★½ this was basically the same hike as last thursday, only this time with the “usual suspects.” perfect weather again. well, except for the fact that it was 32-degrees out this morning when i left my house. the shorts are definitely retired for the season! we saw a lot of folks out walking […]

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