Taking a Hike – The Winter Giant

The Mill River, Sleeping Giant State Park

The Mill River, Sleeping Giant State Park

It was summer the last time I hiked the Sleeping Giant. If you live in the US northeast, you might be idealizing summer right now. Here are some things I remember from that July hike – stickiness, bugs, bug bites, sweat, still air, and a daughter saying “it’s too hot”.

I went back to the Giant at the end of last month, all alone this time. Clammy? Of course not. Bugs? What are they? Instead I found blue skies, brilliant ice, pristine snow, tree shadows, and sharp-focus views. Let’s not damn winter just because it has stayed with us a little too long this year – again!

“Taking a Hike”, my monthly newspaper column, is this month about the winter hike from the Giant’s head to his foot, and back to his noggin again. The column was published this week in both The Hour (A perfect day at Sleeping Giant) and at Hersam-Acorn Arts & Leisure (Sleeping Giant in Winter).

Valley of the Macedonia Brook, looking north.

Valley of the Macedonia Brook, looking north.

December 2014’s “Taking a Hike” – more snow, this time at Thanksgiving at Macedonia Brook in Kent, CT – is now available in full on this site (via the Taking a Hike tab – 2014: “Dec – Macedonia Brook” – or by clicking here).

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