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      SOUTHINGTON — After taking the wrong trail on a previous visit, I returned to Crescent Lake Friday to explore the orange trail, which offers a sweeping view of the lake. On my previous visit, I was distracted by frolicking waterfowl … more ...
      MERIDEN — Trudging up to South Mountain Friday morning left me sweating and questioning my choice of hiking trails, but the view from the top made the effort worth it. Though Castle Craig on East Peak gets more attention, the … more ...
      CHESHIRE — With a lot of ups and downs, the portion of the Quinnipiac blue-blazed trail through town offers an invigorating hike. Driving through the state, I’m often tempted to stop when I see a small parking area labeled with … more ...
      WALLINGFORD — Just ten steps onto the trail, a large garter snake darted back and forth, upset with my interruption of its sunbathing on a warm spring day. Signs of spring permeate the Tyler Mill Preserve, making for a beautiful … more ...
      For anyone driving through south-central Connecticut, the “sleeping giant” laying across the skyline is a familiar sight. What’s perhaps not so well-known, however, is the history behind the unique name for Mount Carmel in Hamden — something that was the … more ...
      In the woods, amid a cicada serenade   Published Jun 28, 2013
      CHESHIRE — A lowpitched sound, almost like a machine or distant siren, distracted me from the heat as I trudged through the mud along the trail. The air seemed to weigh down on Record-Journal photographer David Zajac and me as … more ...
      Exploring Wallingford’s Orchard Glen   Published Jun 25, 2013
      WALLINGFORD — I heard leaves rustle. I stopped in my tracks, ears perked up to listen for footsteps, and I crouched down, getting my camera ready. What could it be? A deer? A fox? Before I knew what was happening, … more ...
      CHESHIRE — Tucked away behind Route 10 is the largest parcel owned by the Cheshire Land Trust, the 40-acre Brooke Preserve, a heavily forested getaway just minutes from anywhere in town. Near the intersection of Sperry and Cook Hill roads, … more ...
      CHESHIRE - It was a cloudy, warm Sunday and I was ready to find waterfalls. After covering an assignment in the bustling town of Waterbury, a journey into the peaceful woods was just what I needed. I managed to change … more ...
      MERIDEN — From the parking area of Giuffrida Park Thursday, a sunny, bright blue sky created a fantastic view contrasting with the reservoir and Chauncey Peak. People may be surprised at the large, serene park tucked away in the northeast … more ...
      WALLINGFORD — Ten turtles sat on a log sunning themselves. Farther up the pond, a great blue heron took flight, grunting loudly at the intruders to his territory at the Ferguson Woods open space parcel. Ferguson Woods — on the … more ...
      WALLINGFORD - A loud shrieking sound pierced the silent air. Soon a hawk soared overhead in the afternoon sun, chased by two squawking crows at the Tyler Mill/Muddy River Conservation and Recreation Area on Friday. With about 1,000 acres of … more ...
      A rewarding climb to Castle Craig   Published Jun 25, 2013
      MERIDEN — At the entrance to Hubbard Park, a few patrons meandered through the waterfowl hordes near Mirror Lake, the iconic Castle Craig looming above in the background. While a winding road makes for an easy trip up to the … more ...
      SOUTHINGTON — When one drives on Mount Vernon Road, the cliffs along the Wolcott line offer a magnificent view, both from the ground and from the Tunxis Trail that runs along the top. Recently I set out to explore a … more ...
    SOUTHINGTON — A piece of undeveloped property recently acquired by the town provides residents with a woodland experience close to downtown. The 25-acre Primus parcel is off Hightower Road and Farmstead Avenue, just around the corner from Mill Street. It … more ...
    In a heavily developed state such as Connecticut, it’s uncommon to find abandoned properties of any size, which is just one of the things that make the defunct Powder Ridge Ski Area unique. On Beseck Mountain, along the Meriden-Middlefield line … more ...
    CHESHIRE - As the late afternoon sun began to lower in the sky, it cast the day’s waning rays through the woods at DeDominicis property, giving the fall leaves a vibrant yellow glow. A short distance away, a red-tailed hawk … more ...
    CHESHIRE — Songbirds of all types showed off loudly along the Mill River at the Fresh Meadows Preserve recently, a stark contrast to the crashing, sawing and general thumping sounds emanating from a large construction project nearby. Town Councilor and … more ...
    SOUTHINGTON - For more than a century, the land still referred to as the Novick property was used for agriculture. In 2003, nature began the process of taking back the land after the town bought it for preservation as open … more ...
    SOUTHINGTON - A cool wind rustled the tree branches, eliciting a creaking noise. Otherwise it was almost completely silent. The Korin property off East Street offers a peaceful getaway and a beautiful hike along the Hanging Hills. The 78-acre parcel … more ...
    SOUTHINGTON - The high-pitched buzz overpowers everything. Off East Street, the swampy area known as the Brown & Lewis Open Space Parcels offers a short walk for anyone willing to fend off the mosquitoes. I frantically began swatting around my … more ...
    MERIDEN - Seen but usually ignored in favor of Castle Craig, the path up to West Peak, the highest point in the city and home to several radio towers, offers a challenging, but rewarding, outdoor adventure. On Friday morning, Record-Journal … more ...
    WALLINGFORD - A brisk wind scattered leaves around the ground, hiding the muddy surface beneath. With a quiet, squishy plop, my foot sank deep into the mud while I was exploring the Fresh Meadow property Friday afternoon. The Wallingford Land … more ...
    SOUTHINGTON - A glaring sun shimmered against gentle ripples of water kicked up by a small breeze. Periodically a small “plunk” sound rang out, the only disruption of the serene landscape. Digging through a large tackle box, Jonah Jaquo rummaged … more ...