CT: Litchfield County- Norfolk, Haystack Mountain State Park

As noted in Wiki, Haystack Mountain is a 1,716-foot-high mountain topped with an observation tower that is the chief features of Haystack Mountain State Park, a public recreation area in the town of Norfolk, Connecticut Soon after you enter the grounds, there is a small picturesque lake with a picnic table on either side. It’sContinue reading “CT: Litchfield County- Norfolk, Haystack Mountain State Park”

CT: Fairfield County- Westport, Saugatuck River (Fall Kayaking)

While the NW corner of CT is most ideal for flat water kayaking, I have enjoyed the launch in Westport on the Saugatuck River. Initially intimidated by its proximity to the sound, I found the associated river tributary to be sufficiently insulated to feel secure. The launch site itself has ample parking and an easyContinue reading “CT: Fairfield County- Westport, Saugatuck River (Fall Kayaking)”

NY: Hudson Valley-Mario Cuomo Bridge

The former Tappan Zee Bridge had been identified as one of the more dangerous bridges to cross due to its wear and tear. Many years later the new Mario Cuomo Bridge was constructed. It includes a walkway and bike way. Two distinct dedicated paths for walkers and bikers connecting the wonderful towns of Tarrytown/Sleepy HollowContinue reading “NY: Hudson Valley-Mario Cuomo Bridge”

CT: Windham County-Woodstock, Roseland Cottage

Learning to be present doesn’t stop when you leave your destination. I have learned to increase my level of attention and awareness while driving. (Good thing, I get it). What I’m referring to is taking my time and assessing my surroundings while I drive and not always be in such a rush to get toContinue reading “CT: Windham County-Woodstock, Roseland Cottage”

NY: Hudson Valley-Garrison-Manitoga

Open your ears to nature. I could not have imagined such a beautiful event as iForest. It is music created for the forest and is heard in the forest. After the IForest walk, a tour of the Russel Wright home and grounds was provided. The inside of the studio incorporated elements of the outdoors intoContinue reading “NY: Hudson Valley-Garrison-Manitoga”

NY: Hudson Valley- The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

At 2/3 less capacity, required masks and 10ft distance between everyone the Pumpkin Blaze was an awesome Fall stroll. TIP: Ticket reservations need to be made well in advance for this event. The stroll was easy and the displays impressive. TIP: taking photographs in this lighting isn’t simple and tripods are not allowed. You needContinue reading “NY: Hudson Valley- The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze”

CT:Litchfield County-Lake Waramaug

A wonderful setting for a family picnic and outdoor fun. It’s a state campground in the main and appears to be well cared for and safe (although Full disclosure I have not been camping). A small beach allows for kids to play in the water while the bigger lake beyond has areas for kayaking andContinue reading “CT:Litchfield County-Lake Waramaug”

Inspiration: Shoot for the Moon

To take the time for yourself by being in the outdoors is a gift you give to yourself. Being present with your surroundings is an even bigger gift. Sharing with others establishes a positive connection. Sounds so simple. Not so simple. Beauty in people, places and things are sometimes easy to see and sometimes itContinue reading “Inspiration: Shoot for the Moon”