Taking a Hike

“Taking a Hike” is my monthly column in The Hour of Norwalk, Connecticut, and Hersam Acorn Newspapers.

The three most recent articles – first paragraphs only – are listed below. You can click through to continue reading online.

Older, full articles (with practical hike information) are listed when you mouse over the Taking a Hike and year tabs above.

(56) SAUGATUCK TRAIL – July 2017

Crossing Redding's Little River on the Saugatuck Trail

Crossing Redding’s Little River on the Saugatuck Trail

Sunshine dappled the foliage and the ferns on the forest floor. The fragments of sky visible through the canopy were blue. It was warm and a bit sticky, but not steamy hot. I was a short way down the Saugatuck Trail from its Easton, Black Rock Turnpike end, and so far was liking this hike quite well. Then two mishaps happened, one after the other.

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Vlei, Silver Lake Wilderness, Northville-Placid Trail

Vlei, Silver Lake Wilderness

Some animals — daddy bears, for example — spend most of their adult lives alone. We humans are not like that. No matter how much we may say we want peace and space, being truly separated from others of our species for any length of time runs deeply against the grain of our makeup. Last month, I took a hike in a New York wilderness that became two days and two nights of uninterrupted solitude. I am not claiming a Robinson Crusoe-like experience, but it was a revealing outing nonetheless.

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On Caleb's Peak, Connecticut AT

On Caleb’s Peak, CT A.T. mile 15.0

The Appalachian Trail (AT) is a granddaddy of a path. Even in Connecticut, where we have just 51 of its 2,190 miles, the “CT AT” looms large. For Nutmegger hikers, it may not be our longest trail, but it offers by far the best backcountry experience. You can hike from Sherman to Massachusetts crossing nothing busier than a countrified Route 7, and unlike nearly every other trail in the state, you can sleep out along the way in purpose-built campsites and shelters.

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