CT: New Haven County-Meriden-Guiffrida Park (Winter 2021)

The Covid pandemic pushed me outdoors last spring, summer and fall. Now one of the snowiest winters I can recall I’m searching for cold weather opportunities. Astounded to find each attainable opportunity but add Guiffrida Park to my winter hiking list.

In the other seasons I climbed Chauncey peak. This time with the snow and ice I kept to the left side of crescent lake starting at the colorful benches overlooking the mountain.

I went down the white trail between the canopy of trees following the lake’s edge which was a blanket of ice and snow. I could see animal footprints of various types on top.

I continued just a bit beyond the lake and turned around to feel the heat of the sun over Chauncey Peak as the cold winter winds blew.

I found a small gorge which appeared may be a small waterfall in season. I took many pictures trying to get both the frozen waterfall and the reflecting snow topped rocks in the stream.

I then returned on the blue trail which provided opportunity to try a bit of elevation in the snow. I was wearing micro spikes so felt I could give it a try. I enjoy peeking through the bare trees finding opportunities to use them as a frame to capture the scene below me.

Awesome day! Very rewarding. Below is the link to my visit in the fall of 2020 which includes a trail map and a description of a sunset hike to Chauncey Peak.


Published by Belinda Sheets

This is a non-promotional blog. I am not a photographer nor am I selling anything through this blog. Professionally I am a Business Transformation Specialist focused on gaining efficiencies and reducing costs for major corporations. Recent life experiences made me better appreciate the present and all that can be seen by increasing my focus and attention on my surroundings. I always enjoyed going out and exercising and I would look but I did not see as my attention was on resolving some problem. Captured through pictures and sharing insights about various locations, I hope others can enjoy my research and insights and allow themselves to pause a few moments and truly appreciate and learn new things. When you follow me that is my only gift. To know I have touched you enough to want to follow the blog. Respectfully (Stay Safe), Belinda Sheets Business Transformation professional with interests in photography, hiking, bicycling and kayaking and learning how to be present.

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