When I took the hikes that I later wrote about for my “Taking a Hike” column, winter was retreating ever so slowly. Up on the Connecticut Appalachian Trail on March 28th, there was plenty of snow on the ground and more coming down. At the Devil’s Den in Weston – 40 miles farther south and 1,000 feet lower in elevation – things were better a few days later, but the signs of spring were still tentative.
I knew that everyone around here was sick of winter, and tried to look forward in the article to warmer outings. Indeed, the hikes I took were to check out the trails for the peak hiking season. The newspapers that publish the column must have known too that their readers would skip anything wintery, as they gave the column upbeat, forward-looking titles. It was published last week in The Hour as The sounds of spring on the trail, and by Hersam Acorn as Looking ahead to snow-less days. Enjoy.
January’s “Taking a Hike” – Bennett’s Pond State Park and Saugatuck Falls Natural Area in Ridgefield and Redding CT respectively – is now available in full on this site (via the Taking a Hike tab – 2015: “Jan – Bennett’s Pond” – or by clicking here).