Peoples State Forest and New Hartford Diner, CT

14 11 2019

img_8703We did it! The last of 14 hikes for the DEEP’s Sky’s the Limit challenge! Cold but sunny day!

People’s State Forest, Riverton, CT

New Hartford Diner, New Hartford, CT





Macedonia Brook SP and The Villager, Kent CT

8 11 2019

Cherry and I went out in a gray day to hike the hardest and the penultimate of the DEEP 2019 Sky’s the Limit Challenge sites. It was challenging on the way up, and daunting on the way down, as a slow drizzle moistened all the leaves and rocks.

We totally earned our yummy lunch at The Villager in Kent. Corn Chicken chowder, a Rueben and a chicken Philly steak with fries… yum!
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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
Pavillion


Gazebo

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”





Harkness, Rocky Neck, and Flo Griswold

3 07 2019

Gorgeous day to hit a few DEEP Sky’s the Limit and CT Historical Garden sites

HARKNESS STATE PARK (a DEEP Sky’s the Limit and CT Historical Garden site)
Waterford, CT

Beautiful natural features on our walk

The Gardens were in great form

ROCKY NECK STATE PARK (DEEP Sky’s the Limit site)
Niantic, CT

Sweet walk along marshes and vistas

(Lunch at the newly reopened HALLMARKS in Old Lyme; excellent ice cream)

FLORENCE GRISWOLD MUSEUM (CT Historical Garden site)
Old Lyme

Gardens were lovely


Fascinating exhibit (text below from Flo Griwold website)
June 1–September 8, 2019
Fragile Earth: The Naturalist Impulse in Contemporary Art
Four leading contemporary artists, Mark Dion, James Prosek, Jennifer Angus, and Courtney Mattison will create installations that reflect the vulnerability of our natural world in conversation with the landscape and historic structures of the Florence Griswold Museum. By bringing to the site artists who make natural history their medium, Fragile Earth will illustrate the continued relevance of ecology and nature conservation to contemporary artistic practice and showcase the persuasive and powerful role artists play in advocating for the preservation of our earth by bringing their perspective to natural science.





Horseguard State Park (Avon) & Stanley-Whitman House (Farmington) CT

5 06 2019

DEEP Sky’s the Limit site: Horseguard State Park in Avon

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View from the scenic overlook at top

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The Cliimb

Wildflowers were abundant; hemlocks were in good shape

CT Historic Gardens: Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington

 

Lunch: Claudia’s, Farmington