Taking a Hike

“Taking a Hike” is my regular column for Hearst Connecticut Media 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.


Mount Everett from Mount Race

Mount Everett from Mount Race

You may remember that we enjoyed a dry and sunny Memorial Day weekend. On the Sunday, I stayed at home and ended up turning a leg of lamb on the backyard grill. That wasn’t bad at all. But I was lucky enough to bookend this family time with a Saturday and a Monday hike—and both to the same scenic destination.

Continue at The Norwalk Hour.


(72) A WALK IN THE RAIN –  May/June 2019

Devil's Den trail sign

Devil’s Den trail sign

Last year, I published a book about a walk across Scotland. Rain, of course!, was a central character in my narrative, and by no means always an unpleasant one. Sure, sometimes the rain on that Scottish trek was inconvenient or uncomfortable but, mostly, I don’t mind walking in the rain at all. If you accept that you are going to get damp (that’s damp, not wet through) and that the big views will be blurred at best, you can get on with enjoying the rain’s restful patter and the water features it brings to life in the landscape.

Continue at New Canaan Advertiser.

(71) IN SEARCH OF BALD PEAK – April 2019

Mounts Race and Everett from Lions Head

Mounts Race and Everett (right of center) from Lions Head

Bald Peak is located in Connecticut’s Wild Corner, that high and rugged part of Salisbury bordering Massachusetts and New York. For hikers, the Wild Corner is beloved for our state’s highest point on a flank of Mount Frissell, and for the Appalachian Trail running between Bear Mountain and Lions Head. Bald Peak, on the other hand, isn’t exactly a hiker hotspot. At 2,010 feet, it is Connecticut’s fifth highest top. But maps often do not show it; and if they do, they don’t show a trail leading to it.

Continue at The Darien Times.

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