| Mar 8, 2012
| 2:59 PM
Two images come to mind when one mentions the words "peaceful valley."
The first image is of a place where the only sounds visitors hear are autumn's final leaf rattling at the end of a branch, a babbling brook tumbling over boulders through the...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 3:30 PM
I now know what the steel ball feels like when it is being whopped around the bumpers in a pinball machine.
On a recent visit to the wilds of Litchfield County, I was mesmerized by the sunlight flashing through the breaks in the white pine canopy. My...
| Mar 29, 2012
| 3:05 PM
I spent much of my youth exploring the wilds of East Hampton's Hurd State Park. I tossed stones down the seemingly bottomless chasm of Split Rock, listening for their landings. We picnicked in a glade above Carlson Pond, scaled White Mountain and walked...
| 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...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 4:48 PM
Each year, I make my annual trek to Meriden Square or the nearby Target in the Silver City. And each year, usually while mumbling about waiting until the last minute, I stare up at the Hanging Hills of Meriden and Berlin and let out a great big sigh....
| Jun 20, 2013
| 8:55 AM
Connecticut is not exactly known for having long, walkable stretches of shoreline. Not unless you want to be arrested for trespassing on someone's private beach or jetty.
But there is a place where you can walk along a beach on Long Island Sound for...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 7:37 AM
In Connecticut, the robin is the state bird, "Yankee Doodle" is the state song, the mountain laurel is the state flower and, of course, the sperm whale is the state mammal.
And if there was ever a state bridge, I would go with the stone arch. Dating...
| 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...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 6:45 AM
For most shoppers, when they hit the mall or grocery store, the sweetest five words are: buy one, get one free.
This week, I offer not one but two suggestions for hikes in Cheshire – one that takes you to some of the bedding plant capital of...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 5:18 AM
Growing up, I was never one to stay on the trail. Family hikes consisted of my parents saying: "Oh, kids, look at that bird," "Oh, kids, look at that rare plant," and "Where did Peter go?"
And 40-something years later, not much has changed. Especially...