| Apr 5, 2012
| 12:37 PM
As I stood on the trail and wondered whether or not I should venture forth, I felt like I was a kid again standing on the edge of a freshly frozen pond. Back then, I would stretch one leg out, touching the surface of the ice and gingerly putting my weight...
| Apr 12, 2012
| 4:11 PM
Ah, the Indian caves.
If you've hiked in the wilds of Connecticut, you've undoubtedly come across many of them, as they dot the landscape from "Squaw Cave" in Bolton to "Council Caves" in Barkhamsted to "King Philip's Cave" in Simsbury.
And, no, they...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 2:26 PM
When U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward negotiated a treaty with the Russians to purchase Alaska in 1867, it was called "Seward's Folly" because many believed the "last frontier" was a wasteland.
Mendell's Folly in Bethany is no wasteland. The...
| Jul 12, 2012
| 1:38 PM
While exploring the Timberland preserve, I stepped into a muddy bank and sank. I heard a few "plops" as the amphibians fled into the water. But then I stared down into a pair of bulging eyes on one of the biggest – and bravest - bullfrogs I had ever...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 7:34 AM
This Friday, The Devil’s Carnival, the newest project from Darren Lynn Bousma (director of Saw II, Saw III, and Saw IV) is coming to Manchester. Described vividly as “Tales from the Crypt meets the anti-Glee”, The Devil’s...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 2:22 PM
I'm not sure if it was the large rounded rocks along the trail that made me think of a cobblestone road, but as I stood on the abutments of Scripture Bridge and watched the Willimantic River flow past, I kept turning around to see if a carriage or horse-...
| Jul 26, 2012
| 7:53 PM
It was the strangest trailhead I've seen in my travels across the state: On one side, a dilapidated iron truss bridge with more air than wood for its walkway and on the other side an unwelcoming fence for the Blue Stone Quarry.
But then I saw it. A...
| Aug 9, 2012
| 1:03 PM
Three teacher friends "passionately fighting off" the three dreaded words – back to school – can't be wrong. Neither can Farmer Ed and Tippi, who have hiked to the summit of West Suffield Mountain and Chimney Point more than 60 times in 2012....
| Aug 14, 2012
| 8:02 PM
The resounding primary victories by Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy on Tuesday will launch a fresh onslaught of political ads, arguments about the economy and a never-ending loop of attacks and rebuttals in what will be one of the nation's most closely...
| Aug 16, 2012
| 2:19 PM
The only trouble with a town's best-kept secret is that no one knows about it. Such is the case with Higganum's Swan Hill.
But that's going to change soon, thanks to the volunteer-run Higganum Vision Group and Haddam Trail Initiative. They're...
| Apr 17, 2012
| 2:50 PM
Norwalk City Councilman David Watts objected to the city's purchase of a new $30,000 Ford Edge for use by Mayor Richard Moccia and he found the perfect way to raise his concern: diss track! "Look at the mayor in a brand new car, riding around like a movie...