| Feb 28, 2013
| 3:47 PM
Maybe it's the grimy, three-week-old piles of snow at the side of the road.
Or maybe it's the endless brown and white monochrome of the landscape. Whatever the reason, I needed to get away.
But after a blizzard and a couple of feet of snow, it's...
| Mar 4, 2013
| 11:25 AM
The Manchester, Conn.-based five-piece Johnny Mainstream (pictured) hosts a release party for their second album, Ghost Broadway, this Friday night at the Main Pub. It's sure to be filled with friends and well-wishers, and also some serious Americana-...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 3:26 PM
While growing up, my days after school and on weekends consisted of building forts in the woods where my friends and I would defend the forests and valleys against invading soldiers.
Then I discovered a real army fort deep in the Meshomasic State Forest...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 1:55 PM
OK, I'll admit it. A few years ago, I was losing hope that the gaps along the Charter Oak Trail and Hop River Trail would ever be filled.
But then, in fall 2011, a section of the Charter Oak Trail, a multiuse path through East Hartford and Manchester,...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 3:10 PM
About this time last year, what appeared to be a real New England winter had settled over the state.
A snowstorm had hit, and temperatures were dropping. I made plans to go to Enders Falls in Granby to see some of Old Man Winter's icy creations.
| Dec 20, 2012
| 3:45 PM
During life's darkest hours, the woods have always been my security blanket. It has always been a place where civilization disappears, replaced by the peaceful sounds of wind whispering through the pines or an owl hooting deep in the forest.
| Dec 14, 2012
| 4:13 AM
Everything has its exceptions, and this column is no different.
For years, I've been exploring all corners of the state looking for places to escape — places where civilization disappears. Places where you forget you are in one of the most...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 2:36 PM
The original plan was to walk along the banks of the Connecticut River on the abandoned Valley Railroad in Middletown and search for bald eagles.
I had visions of an eagle perched high on a dead tree or picking at a fish along the icy river, but all I...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 4:06 PM
An old, broken iron gate leans against a stone pillar and a barely discernable carriage road snakes up through the woods along the spine of a traprock ridge.
Near the top of the ridge, a fieldstone and brick chimney rises into the deep blue winter sky,...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 6:59 PM
Much of the story at Tuesday night's State of the Union speech will be about Connecticut, from the Newtown massacre to Manchester, where bullets killed eight employees at Hartford Distributors in 2010, to Bridgeport, where a 3-year-...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 3:06 PM
Connecticut loses approximately 8,000 acres of farmland to housing developments and urban sprawl each year, according to the Connecticut Farmland Trust. That's why places like Bauer Park are so special.
Madison's Bauer Park was once the farm of Erwin C....