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Month: February 2010

The Fearsome 3 and Tale of the Trail

This is the story of the harrowing trail we hiked  from Pisgah Road to Route 77 on the Mattabesett.  Karen, Mike and I set out early to enjoy a day full of fun, beauty and friendship.  It turned into something else. Our day began innocently enough, with a half-mile road walk to the trailhead.  As…

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A Four Season Hike

Our first hike in Connecticut was the  Ragged Mountain loop. It was a trail that enticed us enough to keep returning to it in every season and in different weather conditions.  We’ve hiked it in rain, blazing heat and even during a snowfall.  This  first hike was a revelation. It all started on a foggy…

The Mantras I Recite on the Trail

I have certain key mantras I recite to myself when climbing up on a trail.  Yesterday’s hike found me saying my top three; “slow and steady”, “I am the little engine” and finally my favorite “I am a billy-goat.” Mike’s birthday hike had us going on the Mohawk Trail to the Appalachian Trail then doing…

The Trail That Taught Me Trust – Macedonia

A warm June weekend,  two weeks shy of being married 19 years, hiking Macedonia Brook trail,  I was handed  a huge life lesson. I thought I trusted Mike completely, but with this hike I realized I was holding back my trust.  After this hike I understand the meaning of  trusting  someone so completely…but that comes…

Ghostly Towers in New Mexico

Plaza Blanca, Abiquiu New Mexico – August 2008 As we drove  Route 84 over and over in New Mexico, I became fixated on  the white rocks that towered behind the Abiquiu Elementary School.  I had to get close to them. Something kept drawing me towards them, whispering to come meet the challenge of spending time…

Black Rock State Park & Mattatuck Trail

A quiet day on Feb. 13 had us excited about a half day of hiking in a state forest new to us.  We ventured out to explore the woods of Black Rock State Park and the Mattatuck State Forest in Watertown, CT. We parked at Black Rock State Park and quickly exited this part, crossed…