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.

(60) REDDING CT’S WESTWAY  – November 2017

6. Westway at Old Redding Road

Westway at Old Redding Road

One of the things I love about hiking is a beautiful simplicity; you set off down a trail and you follow it until you’re finished. In this ideal, the trail is your guide, an undemanding companion indicating the way forward, leaving you to your thoughts and the scenery. Some trails are really like that; most are not.

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(59) PACIFIC CREST TRAIL – October 2017

“Desolation” Wilderness for a reason

“Desolation” Wilderness for a reason

Books and, even more, movies put places on the map. Remember how Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods popularized the Appalachian Trail when it was published in 1998? Robert Redford and Nick Nolte then repeated the trick when they ineptly hit the trail for the screen version two years ago. Author Cheryl Strayed and actress Reese Witherspoon did something similar for the Pacific Crest Trail with Wild, the 2012 bestseller that became a 2014 movie.

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(58) HUNTER MOUNTAIN – September 2017

Hunter Mountain from Hunter Mountain Resort

Hunter Mountain from Hunter Mountain Resort

I don’t have a fear of heights. At least, that’s what I thought, until I met the fire tower atop Hunter Mountain. Now, there’s nothing dizzying about Hunter Mountain itself. At 4,050 feet, its summit is the second highest in the Catskills, but it’s flat and cliffless, covered in dense spruce-fir forest. It’s utterly undramatic and viewless — unless you climb the tower!

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