Taking a Hike – Macedonia Brook

Macedonia Brook SP campsites under Thanksgiving snow.

Macedonia Brook SP campsites under Thanksgiving snow.

“Taking a Hike”, my monthly column, was published last week. Although the content is always the same, each publisher chooses its own headline. December’s column is available at Hersam-Acorn as Escape from ‘Black Friday’ at Macedonia Brook and at The Hour as A wintery ‘Turkey Burner’ at Macedonia Brook.

September’s “Taking a Hike” – short hikes in Redding, CT – is now available in full on this site (via the Taking a Hike tab – 2014: “Sep – Redding Trails” – or by clicking here).

The hike at Macedonia Brook was an early taste of winter, and a reminder of how the seasons give variety to our outings. Since this might be my last post this year, a highlight for each season of 2014 follows. Happy Holidays!

Mt Everett hike

Race Brook Falls A.T. Campsite

WINTER: Race Brook Falls A.T. campsite in early February brought one of those moments of “perfect comfort with the here and now”.

On the summit of Gregory Bald, Great Smoky Mountains

On the summit of Gregory Bald, Great Smoky Mountains

SPRING: Lunch with my eldest in the shelter of this magnificently twisted specimen on Gregory Bald in the Smokies was reward enough for the hike up, but then the mist blew off the summit to treat us to great views over Cades Cove too.

On Île Niapiskau, Mingan Archipelago, Quebec.

On Île Niapiskau, Mingan Archipelago, Quebec.

SUMMER: Quebec with my youngest included hikes on the islands of the beautiful Mingan Archipelago, including here on Ile Niapiskau. The pose is because we had learned that the plant is called Herbe à Robert.

The Devil's Den, Weston, in mid-October.

The Devil’s Den, Weston, in mid-October.

FALL: Finally getting round to leading AMC group hikes, all of them (so far) at the Devil’s Den in Weston.

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