The photograph below is deceptive and, to make it worse, deliberately so.
I took it on Higby Mountain on Connecticut’s Mattabesett Trail, and it faces approximately west. West looks pretty natural, doesn’t it? All those wooded ridges. The truth is, I stepped gradually back from the edge of Higby’s cliffs until the evidence of civilization mostly vanished. Then I crouched until all of it did. Still, I like the picture, and it nicely introduces this month’s “Taking a Hike” column:
On this trail, a desire to keep going at The Hour.
From the Metacomet to the Mattabesett to the Sound at Hersam Acorn.
The Sound (that’s Long Island Sound) is now two or three hikes away.