Taking a Hike – The Aspetuck Valley Trail

Aspetuck Valley Trail, Newtown CTI am very pleased that “Taking a Hike”, the monthly column I have written (with pleasure and occasional pain) for 16 months, will now be published on the Arts & Leisure website of Hersam Acorn Newspapers, in addition to The Hour’s online and print editions as before. If you live in Fairfield County CT, it is probably Hersam Acorn that publishes your local newspaper – the Ridgefield Press, Greenwich Post, Bridgeport News etc. Hersam Acorn does not have a newspaper in Norwalk, so it’s a good fit with The Hour. I am grateful to both publishers.

This month’s column is about the Aspetuck Valley Trail, part of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association’s blue-blazed network. When I started thinking about the AVT, I imagined hiking it amid the first signs of spring. Boy, was I wrong. Even though it was early March, the morning temperature was in the single digits (˚F). The trails were packed snow. It took longer than usual for me to start enjoying the outing, but a few miles into it, I did. Then, on the way home, I lucked out with a wildlife sighting that would have been worth the trip all by itself. You can read the column here (The Hour Online) or here (Hersam Acorn A&L).

December’s column – a Saugatuck point-to-pointer – is now available in full via the Taking a Hike tab (“Saugatuck Watershed”), or by clicking here. There are notes and photos for this hike on Facebook — The Turkey Burner.

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