My January “Taking a Hike” column was published a few weeks back, and I forgot to mention the fact here. The article is about the John Muir Trail through Paugnut State Forest, which ends near Burr Pond. Three names, three impulses toward the natural world – inhabit it, harness it to man’s purposes, preserve it. Better not to oversimplify though: we know little of Chief Paugnut; Milo Burr’s damming created eventually a beauty spot as well as a lumber business; John Muir befriended railroad barons.
The article can be found at The Hour – “Admiring the John Muir Trail” and Hersam Acorn Newspapers – “Connecticut’s own John Muir Trail”.