| Aug 5, 2013
| 6:13 AM
Maybe it was the type of day – a sultry summer afternoon with the sun peeking around thunderclouds.
Or maybe it was because I knew the area's back story – a place that hasn't changed much since colonial times, when the forboding swamp served...
| Aug 17, 2013
| 1:32 PM
Bee Brook is the perfect name for the waterway that passes through Macricostas Preserve.
At first it runs smoothly through a field of tall grass and wildflowers, like a bee quietly collecting pollen from a flower. But once it enters a deep, heavily...
| Aug 31, 2013
William Gillette had it right when he was writing his will regarding the future of his castle on the banks of the Connecticut River. He wrote his "castle in the sky" should never be in the "possession of some blithering saphead who had no conception of...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 12:12 PM
Ah, the Connecticut caves.
As in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and free checking, I was once a believer in the caves. There was an old cave in the Cobalt section of East Hampton I would visit as a child. An honest-to-goodness dark open maw along the...
| Sep 12, 2013
This year's list of 55 Hartford Courant/FOX CT Top Workplaces award winners includes a "Terrific Twenty" who have won in all three years since the contest started. That score of employers deserves special recognition for consistency.
Within that list of...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 6:39 AM
It was a good plan. I would explore Maromas, Middletown's last frontier, in search of the remnants of a village that was swallowed up in the 1950s by the construction of the Connecticut Advanced Nuclear Engineering Laboratory – the predecessor of...
| Oct 4, 2013
Only 50 more miles to go along the Appalachian Trail.
And that's just the 51.6-mile Connecticut section. Overall, I have 2,178 miles to cover from Katahdin, Maine to Georgia's Springer Mountain. But everyone has to start somewhere. And my somewhere...
| Sep 28, 2013
| 1:33 PM
Since my wife and I had children, we are never on time for anything. You name it -- dinners, movies, plays, band performances, baseball and soccer games – and we are late for it.
But during my annual fall trek to find the best places for leaf...
| Nov 24, 2013
When Jonathan Hiller of Gales Ferry arrives in Ludlow, Vt., on a Friday night, ready for a weekend of skiing at Okemo, he feels right at home. He pulls into the driveway at a three-story house on Pleasant Street, stores his gear, and visits with dozens of...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 8:58 AM
Whenever I am out in the natural world, I listen for the roar.
Not the call of lions, tigers and bears, but the sound of waterfalls dropping over rock chasms or rapids tumbling along a river. And there is plenty of roaring as you navigate the trails...
| Jul 6, 2013
| 8:19 PM
I used to chuckle at phone calls or emails from readers who read my column and confessed that, for years, they had driven past something, not realizing it was there.
Now it's my turn. For eight years I lived in the Moodus section of East Haddam. For...