We didn’t have a snowy holiday season here. Normally, that would have opened up the opportunity to head for the mountains for a long, hard hike. But I was grounded this Christmas and New Year. Well, almost. Minor surgery on my hand put the Catskills and Taconics out of reach, but I could still manage short, gentle trails, at least if I did not trip and fall.
My temporary disability actually yielded benefits, encouraging me to try new places I’d otherwise have missed out on. The big, pleasant surprise was Bennett’s Pond State Park in Ridgefield, CT. “Taking a Hike”, my newspaper column, is about these shorter walks this month. It was published last week in both The Hour (Some nice local ‘walks’) and at Hersam-Acorn Arts & Leisure (Two winter walks, connected by the Saugatuck).
October’s “Taking a Hike” – AMC hikes in the Devil’s Den, Weston – is now available in full on this site (via the Taking a Hike tab – 2014: “Oct – Devil’s Den, Weston CT” – or by clicking here).