Paugussett SF, Newtown CT

3 10 2018

 

Yay, we did it! We went to all 14 of the DEEP Sky’s the Challenge sites for 2018!

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Paugussett State Forest entrance: Hunting warning, so we wore bright colors

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Lake Zoar looking north

The falls were roaring today! Gorgeous woods and walk

 

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Lake Zoar looking east

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I inhaled my lunch before Cherry was half done with hers: Yummy falafal, lamb wrap, baba ganush, and even halvah to go…wow.

So. We did it! We printed out our photodocumentation and sent it off to DEEP with the hopes of winning a walking stick (well, at least Cherry is hoping for that). It was a great challenge and of course we enjoyed our time together.

NEXT????!!!!





2018 April A to Z Blog Challenge

19 03 2018

For the seventh year, I will be participating in the April A to Z Blog Challenge (I encourage you to check it out, if you’ve never seen it). My overarching theme is A Good Life and this year’s focus is on Stretches: a daily post with a stretch to contribute towards a Good Life. Stretches are an extension or expansion of our current life, a way to explore new opportunities or make small changes to our perspective. Something that takes a little c-h-ourage (envision the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz). It may turn out to be fun or not, but you’re glad you tried it.

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Beth Lapin's A to Z Blog 2020

For the seventh year, I will be participating in the April A to Z Blog Challenge (I encourage you to check it out, if you’ve never seen it). My overarching theme is A Good Life and this year’s focus is on Stretches: a daily post with a stretch to contribute towards a Good Life. Stretches are an extension or expansion of our current life, a way to explore new opportunities or make small changes to our perspective.  Something that takes a little c-h-ourage (envision the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz). It may turn out to be fun or not, but you’re glad you tried it.

[In the spirit of providing daily commentary, I’m adding digraphs, those two letters that unite to consistently form a single sound, to my A to Z posts.]

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The Big Reveal! and Farm River State Park

13 03 2018

Cherry and I met last week to figure out our next adventure. After considering several options, we decided to go with: ta-da, ta-da—

CT DEEP’s 2018 Sky’s the Limit Hiking Challenge!!

Designed to promote hiking in Connecticut’s State Park and Forests, this year’s list includes fourteen “lesser known trails.”

So we started with Farm River State Park

Here are our mandatory shots for  verifying our visitation at this site:

 

Check out the great views and sundial in this small “pocket park.”

 

After the short hike, we went to Gutiz, a local Ecuadarian Restaurant. Excellent food and interesting atmosphere.

 

Hope you’ll keep up with us as we travel around CT to view these lesser known areas.





Crescent Lake, Southington and Plainville Friendly’s

2 03 2018

Our Hiking for Friendly’s is done!

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Fourth time’s the charm! Due to weather and health issues, we’ve had to postpone our FINAL visit to Friendly’s for weeks. Finally, today we are ready to head out. And it’s a nice day, in the 50s and sunny. Cherry arrives with Spring in her hands – a lovely bouquet for me!

IMG_4511Since our last meeting, Cherry has lost her cat to a rare heart condition and we acknowledge the loss of Willa. Then we take the half hour drive to Crescent Lake. A bit breezy when we arrive at 10:30, we choose the shortest trail around the lake, about two miles, which provides lovely views. I talk about recent experiences where I felt very centered and clear; Cherry says that happens to her when she’s in nature and realizes how interconnected we are with all living things.

Some of the path is water-logged but there are enough protruding roots…

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One Year

1 01 2018

January 2017, I started blogging regularly. Almost 50 posts during the year, plus 30 in April for the A to Z blogging challenge. Not bad. There were times when I felt I had something to say. Or something to share. Thanks to those of you who read. And commented. And followed.

January 2017, my daughter’s health stabilized, after five hospitalizations in 2016 for a life-threatening health issue. I am hopeful that she is the one out of three long-time survivors under her treatment regime (which twice almost did her in during 2016). We just celebrated one year of being hospital-free. I’m hoping 2018 will bring one year of clean scans.

January 2017, I started surrounding myself with people who were only healthy, supportive, caring, and nurturing. They are all around, easy to find, really.

A year can make a big difference!





Hiking for Friendly’s: Talcott Mt, Avon

29 10 2017

18 October 2017

Trap Rock along Trail:

Talcott Mt trail traprock

Interior of Tower:

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View from the Top:

Talcott Mt view with shadow

View of the Tower:

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Avon Friendly’s Exterior:

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Avon Friendly’s Sign of the Times:

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Huntington State Park (Newtown/Redding) and Danbury Friendly’s

13 09 2017

Beth Lapin

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A day of extraordinary weather sends us on our way to our next Friendly’s in Danbury. We head west on I-84 and Cherry updates me about a recent family event. She, her sisters, and stepmother gathered at one sister’s home for a delightful, relaxing weekend. They thought about having a T-shirt made for their “reunion”—maybe next time! Both Cherry and her stepmother had cat issues before making it to the get-together, but all worked out.

Huntington SP sign 09.11.17Our nearby hiking site, Collis Huntington State Park, is a bit southeast of Danbury and we enter on its southeastern boundary. We start on the Aspetuck Valley Trail and head westerly to the park boundary. Trails are well marked and relatively flat as we continue on the blue trail a little more than a mile. The area is lovely, quiet, and peaceful. We share connection: I tell her about my newly discovered…

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