Two subjects in this final post of 2015:
(1) Belated notice of my December column.
(2) A hiking highlight for each season of 2015.
(1) December’s “Taking a Hike” – Candlewood Mountain and Macricostas Preserve in western Connecticut – is available at Hersam Acorn as A holiday hike: New discoveries and at The Hour as Try something new – you can’t go wrong.
I still post older columns in full on this site with a 3-month delay (mouse over the “Taking a Hike” tab, and pick a year). There is now a 34-hike archive. Eighty percent of the hikes are either in Fairfield County, CT, or within a couple of hours drive. Most columns include “if you go” information like where to park, find a map, how long the hike will take etc.
(2) On now to the highlights. I have come to think of 2015 as being spoiled, hiking-wise, by knee trouble. Looking back now, I see how ungrateful that feeling is. My knee trouble did force the abandonment of what I hoped would be a culminating week of fall hiking in Baxter State Park, but otherwise the year still brought great moments in great places.
Here we go:
WINTER: Beautiful land- and skyscapes on Scotland’s Southern Upland Way in mid-January.
SPRING: In April, meeting a school friend for the first time in 37 years, and celebrating with hikes in Shenandoah National Park.
SUMMER: In early August, finding a ledge on Table Mountain in the Catskills, and stretching out “on sun-warmed rock to watch the clouds dance’.
FALL: A perfect late-October morning on the “Old Growth Forest” trail at Mianus River Gorge, Bedford, NY.
Wishing you many and beautiful trails in 2016.