Memorial Day Weekend

23 05 2020

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It’s Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial beginning of summer. Not quite a typical one: no parades or picnics. We are still in place.

Here is a tribute to how nature changes in place, once again in areas that are within two miles of where I am sheltering. And a tribute on this Memorial Day weekend to the memory of those we’ve lost so far and will continue to lose to our current pandemic.
https://youtu.be/mSsbqrA35nU 

Thanks again to the Middletown Rec Office for sponsoring this video. (Music called “Where I am From“ provided by Google





Happy Mother’s Day!

10 05 2020
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and those who had mothers 🙂
I hope that these  signs of perseverance in nature remind us that we will make it through this!
Thanks to the Middletown Recreation office for sponsoring this video:
(The mother squirrel near the end is carrying a baby from one nest site to another. Baby’s tail is wrapped around her neck, she has it firmly in her mouth, and baby is hugging her tight. Difficult to distinguish.)
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May Day

1 05 2020

Here are some signs of spring to help us through these times of confinement. Thanks to the Middletown Recreation office for sponsoring this video.

 





22 March 2020

22 03 2020

img_9403I walked this morning at the Verkade section of Harkness State Park in Waterford, a parcel donated by the family of a late high school classmate. It’s desolate, open and brown, with no signs of Spring and my spirits are sagging. I plod along, hugging the perimeter. I reach the bend where the path veers to the right to continue around the open area and I see a person coming through the woods that border this area. It’s Dennis, friend of my usual walking friend Julie. He and I chat – from a distance: I definitely would not be able to rescue him if he had been drowning. He’s familiar with the path that loops through the woods, which I follow as we part in opposite directions.

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My step is lighter. I text Julie to share my exchange with Dennis. The trees resonate with the chirp of cardinals, the drumming of woodpeckers. I unsuccessfully check a small pond for amphibian eggs. Back into the open area, I continue the loop back towards my car. The sun is strong, I unzip my coat, and then my first sweatshirt and ultimately my second. I figure out how to cross the downed tree across the path, which I now think may have been used by Dennis, so I should protect myself from contact.

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Having accomplished that, I look up and spot a pussy willow tree. A huge tree reaching the sky, loaded with buds.

I wonder why I feel the need to write this, and I think it’s for myself. I live alone, with not even a pet at this point. Up until now, I’ve had some walking companions. We’ve kept a reasonable distance, but I’ve noticed I could smell the coffee or toothpaste on their breath as we talked. Which means we are not far enough apart. And now maybe even arms’ length isn’t enough. Who knows.

So, I leave my clothes that had touched the downed tree in my car when I return home. I’ve only covered two miles. But a lot of space in my head. I think there will be a lot more of that in the months to come.





Mohawk Mountain SF, Cornwall, CT

15 10 2019

DEEP Sky’s the Limit hike — only two more for 2019!!

Beautiful day, nice foliage.

Lunch at the Goshenette; we forgot we ate there once before… we can try somewhere else next time.

Coming down to the finish line





Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown CT

1 10 2019

DEEP Sky’s the Limit site:

Lunch at Parke’s Place, Ledyard
Freshly boned cod,corned beef sliced onsite
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Mt Tom SP and Patty’s Restaurant (Litchfield CT)

15 08 2019

This is our tenths site of the Sky’s the Limit Challenge — we now qualify for a medallion… still hoping to finish all 14.

Today was overcast — rain came after we finished our hike to the top of the tower in Mt Tom State Park

Great lunch at Patty’s Restaurant





Salt Rock SP (Baltic) and Lazizah Bakery (Yantic) CT

30 07 2019

Cherry and I continue on the Sky’s the Limit Challenge by finishing our ninth (of fourteen) hike

SALT ROCK STATE PARK (BALTIC)

Lazizah Bakery, yummy Mediterranean food in a charming location





Dennis Hill SP (Norfolk) & Harriet Beecher Stowe Garden (Hartford)

16 07 2019

Another winning combination
Dennis Hill State Park, Norfolk
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Lunch at the Cafe in Norfolk, with a view of Infinity Hall

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Historical gardens, Hartford
Largest magnolia tree in CT
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Kettletown SP (Southbury) and Glebe House/Jekyll Garden (Woodbury) CT

10 07 2019

Our next DEEP Sky’s the Challenge site: Kettletown State Park in Southbury.

We also stopped at the Glebe House/Gertrude Jekyll Garden:

Lunch at Leo’s “Fit for a King”