Enders Falls SF, Granby CT and Penwood SP, Simsbury CT

12 05 2022

Enders Falls

Penwood State Park

Lunch at Pho 501, East Hartford CT

Thanks to M2 for company and DEEP Challenge photos





Farm River State Park, East Haven CT and Lake Wintergreen, Hamden CT

10 05 2022

Farm River State Park

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Pitch pine on ridge tops
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The Farm River

Spring flowers:

Lake Wintergreen

Lady slipper shoot with remnant of last year’s flower
Teepee

Lunch at Whitney Donut and Sandwich Shop

Thanks to Angie for company and DEEP Challenge photos





Gillette’s Castle State Park, East Haddam, CT

26 04 2022
Early saxifrage was abundant
The ferry was running
Exploring the river frontage: my feet got wet!
Remains of the Aunt Polly, Gillette’s boat
One of train tunnels
Gillette’s assistant Osaki’s house
Lunch at Two Wrasslin’ Cats

As part of: 2022 DEEP Sky’s the Limit Challenge List





Spring!

21 03 2022

May we have sunny days and peaceful evenings of gentle rain.

May healthy things grow strong and those who are in need of healing improve.

May the world find peaceful ways to deal with differences.





Huntington SP, Redding and Southford Falls SP, Southbury CT

9 11 2021

Huntington SP

On to Lunch at Sanui Thai, Southbury

And more hiking at Southford Falls State Park, Southbury CT

This completes my efforts As part of: 2021 DEEP Sky’s the Limit Challenge List





Kent Falls SP, Kent and Lovers Leap SP, New Milford

2 11 2021

Kent Falls

Lovers Leap

Hearty Lunch at Greca’s in New Milford; leftovers don’t do it justice

As part of: 2021 DEEP Sky’s the Limit Challenge List (only two more to go!!)





Osbornedale SP/Derby & Black Rock SP/Watertown, CT

17 10 2021

Lunch at the Goose and Gander, Thomaston, CT

Thanks for Angie for her company, photos, and trail confirmation

As part of: 2021 DEEP Sky’s the Limit Challenge List





Salmon River State Forest, East Hampton/Colchester, CT

11 10 2021
Entrance to the Comstock Bridge

Stunning views of the Salmon River

Yummy rewards at Po’s Rice and Spice in East Hampton, CT

As part of: 2021 DEEP Sky’s the Limit Challenge List





Devil’s Hopyard SP, East Haddam CT

28 09 2021

Cooler weather has renewed my interest in hiking. Cherry and I set out to explore Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, Ct.

Recent rainfall has Chapman Falls flowing strongly

Interesting underside of road crossing
Rustic foot bridge
Eight Mile River from the covered bridge
Scenic vista from the Orange Trail
Mushrooms past their prime

Of course we had to have lunch afterwards. Two Wrasslin’ Cats was our choice. I remembered to snap a photo just before we finished!

As part of: 2021 DEEP Sky’s the Limit Challenge List





Cockaponset SF, Haddam/Chester CT

22 06 2021

Amazing rocks and forest, ferns and trails in this large state forest

Historically, the area was timbered extensively. This is the current view of the overstory at the old fire station. Impossible to spot any forest fires from this area now.

Moutain laurel was just past peak bloom. Here is an interesting growth formation of one laurel shrub

Collier’s hut remains included its fireplace. Hard to envision this use of the forest.

Beautiful Hackney Marsh, a Ducks Unlimited project.

Unfortunately, turtle eggs were discovered, probably by a raccoon, and eaten at the edge of the pond.

Hike was followed by a delicious lunch of turkey reuben at Deb’s in Higganum. No photo — eaten too quickly!

As part of: 2021 DEEP Sky’s the Limit Challenge List