NY: New Paltz: Mohonk Mountain House Mystery Weekend

Hands down Mohonk Mountain house provides an escape from the real world. It’s several miles away from civilization upon a mountain – just enough distance. Happily snowbound for the mystery and puzzle weekend, we all remained immersed in the 1920s during prohibition to uncover the clues to solve the case of who murdered Lulu! TheContinue reading “NY: New Paltz: Mohonk Mountain House Mystery Weekend”

CT: New Haven County- Castle Craig Moon & Friendship Rising

Once a month Hubbard Park keeps the road open to drive up to Castle Craig in the evening for the full moon rising. It was a clear and warm ish Fall Day so while it’s an hour and a half drive I thought I might give myself a nudge and drive on up! I definitelyContinue reading “CT: New Haven County- Castle Craig Moon & Friendship Rising”

CT: Hartford County- Ragged Mountain (Fall)

Mind, body and spirit can all be improved with a fulfilling walk in nature. Having previously been on an exciting moon hike at Ragged Mountain I decided to try a Fall walk on what turned out to be a perfect 70s weather day in October. I paused to recognize the efforts of the many volunteersContinue reading “CT: Hartford County- Ragged Mountain (Fall)”

CT: Southbury: Kettletown Park (Hiking)

I researched for an easy, short but scenic trail due to an injury preventing me from strenuous athletics. So on a perfect June day with no humidity and 70 degrees, I found Brook Trail. Kettletown Park is a CT State park free to CT residents in Southbury. The brook had so much character throughout withContinue reading “CT: Southbury: Kettletown Park (Hiking)”

NY: Catskills- Peekamoose Bluehole

For a couple of years I read about a small swimming hole with a blue glow within the NY Catskill preserve. It would get so busy that now it requires reservations and is manned to ensure it’s kept clean. I met a really nice 25 year old ranger named Eli who checked us in. HeContinue reading “NY: Catskills- Peekamoose Bluehole”

CT: Middletown: Wadsworth State Park- Little Falls (Spring)

I had been to the Big Falls several times as they are right off one of the parking lots and a lovely scene. This time I decided to take the short and easy hike to Little Falls by following the orange trail to the yellow trail to the blue trail! I love to carefully climbContinue reading “CT: Middletown: Wadsworth State Park- Little Falls (Spring)”

CT: Fairfield County: Naugatuck Greenway & Indian Wells

A little bit of Europe in CT walking along the Naugatuck Greenway on Housatonic River. The greenway starts in Derby and is planned for 44 miles to Torrington. I walked a while and found several routes and signs of spring with the weeping willow starting to green and trees filled with cardinals and orioles. ThereContinue reading “CT: Fairfield County: Naugatuck Greenway & Indian Wells”

CT: Fairfield County: Cherry Grove Preserve

No matter how old you are; continue to feel young and learn new things! Don’t be limited by what you thought you already knew. It was a slightly premature visit to this preserve in Newtown after a bit of a rain but it’s entrance was so welcoming I rushed into the arms of this magnificentContinue reading “CT: Fairfield County: Cherry Grove Preserve”

CT: Hartford County- Blackledge Falls (Winter)

I stood in the center of Blackledge Falls in Glastonbury, CT which was literally frozen in time. I included myself in the shot for scale. It’s Connecticut’s natural ice castles and is truly amazing to see. About 1/2 mile hike from the lot but it is a steep decline to the falls so must wearContinue reading “CT: Hartford County- Blackledge Falls (Winter)”

CT: Fairfield County- Stamford Museum & Nature Center (Winter)

Heartwarming on a cold winters day was a visit to Stamford Museum and Nature Center. I enjoy the work of Jacque Pepin both as a cook and artist. Cool to see as part of the exhibit are drawings Pepin drew from the nature center itself as well as a brief video of his words ofContinue reading “CT: Fairfield County- Stamford Museum & Nature Center (Winter)”