Amazing Heritage Trails from around the World.

Late winter snow shower, Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. February 22, 2021, 5:12 PM.

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40 years ago today: After crossing Pollywog Stream on a logging road bridge, the AT proceeded to Rainbow Stream, which it followed for a good distance upstream.

A view not far from home on a hike alone, but I went anyway. Who knows, maybe I'll meet a bear who's also alone.

Each hike renews me and makes me grateful I put in the effort to have days like this in my life. The daily walks and yoga are critical, each a reward in and of themselves.

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40 years ago today: The first day of October in the North Maine Woods was a warm one even warmer than yesterday. It was not even a bit chilly when I awoke. The trail today was rugged for this flat lake country. The initial two miles were a climb to the north summit of Nesuntabunt Mountain. The name was bigger than the mountain, but it was still a hell of a little climb.

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Halfway through summer sunset, Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. August 4, 2019, 8:22 PM. The day is done, but half of Astronomical summer still lies ahead.

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A few days ago, I hiked up a gulch and across a hillside through dense forest. Suddenly, I emerged from the trees and encountered this, a mostly treeless stretch of vivid autumn contrast. Getting outdoors benefits more than my body.

Heute mal wieder aufs Rad. Tour zur Schunterquelle einmal quer durch den Elm (und jetzt wieder zurck). Schunter hat das Memo nich gekriegt.

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There's a Studios Without Walls sculpture exhibit on the Cochituate Rail Trail in Natick through Oct. 15. More info:

There's a Studios Without Walls sculpture exhibit on the Cochituate Rail Trail in Natick through Oct. 15. More info:

Wildflower thicket where the meadow meets the forest, Scoville Reservoir Loop, Wolcott, Connecticut. September 12, 2019, 6:07 PM.

A lot of things have gotten worse over the last 5 years, but I will say the and infrastructure in has improved by leaps and bounds. Were now seeing the network effect where 80%+ of my trips no longer force me onto dangerous roads. And sometimes I have more than one protected route to choose from!

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40 years ago today: The higher slopes of Boardman were decked out mostly in the dusky teals of a spruce-fir forest, but streaks of color added bright accents. Now miles away, the ridges and ravines of the Whitecap Range were visible in great detail in the crystalline air.

The trail dropped off the little ridge and returned to the true lowlands.

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40 years ago today: At the bottom of the long descent from the Chairback range was the second-biggest water ford on the Appalachian Trail: the West Branch of the Pleasant River. Twenty-five yards across and barely knee-deep, it was no real challenge to a backpacker who had so recently waded the Kennebec.

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40 years ago today: After a short, but very steep drop over loose chunks of blasted shale down the sheer cliff face which gives Chairback Mountain its name, came an easy, more gradual descent to East Chairback Pond.

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I took this recently, as in this morning. When I took this, the sun had cleared a mountain mere minutes before. It was a bit otherworldly.

Later, I encountered two women who asked about bears. I shared I hadn't seen any, but then remembered this image & added, "But I did see a rabbit with a watch."

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40 years ago today: The Appalachian Trail continued eastward along a humpy and hummocky ridge. It traveled a rugged course with constant sharp ups and downs through high, windswept forests. Masses of slender downed fir limbs and plenty of blown down trees lie among the moss and rocks of the crest.

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40 years ago today: The trails first breakout from the woods was about halfway up the mountain at the top of Barren Slide, where fractured slate cliffs trailed a jumble of boulders far down the mountainside, leaving a path of destruction which had obliterated a huge chunk of forest. I took another long break there.

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Ceremony this Thursday, 10 am to mark purchase of the rail right-of-way to extend the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail into Framingham

A trail walker steps on down Maple Lane on rare Lands. Norm Lightfoot took this photograph in 2014.

Up Around the Bend sunset (h/t CCR), Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott Connecticut. June 15, 2021, 7:54 PM.

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40 years ago today: I passed two more attractive ponds as I traversed those ridges for five-and-a-half miles, but toward the end I was growing weary of all the climbs and descents. I was relieved when the Appalachian Trail came out at Little Wilson Falls, which were rather spectacular.

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40 years ago today: The Appalachian Trail left the road and entered the woods, soon reemerging at the shore of another beautiful mountain pond. Next, it followed a very rugged course with numerous ups and downs along some slate ridges. The dark green spruce and fir frequently gave way to terraced stretches of naked gray slate.

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In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks John Muir

Schne Trails, Gipfelkreuz und wunderbare Aussicht, dazu 2 neue Gipfel...


Clocked 4.14-miles today in Wildcat Canyon (East Bay Regional Park system) with Tom today. 1,065-foot elevation gain. Beautiful cool day, sun came out near the end of our 90-minute & we could feel the difference in air temperature immediately!

Golden hour autumn view from the Giant's left hip, Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, Connecticut. October 27, 2022, 5:35 PM.

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40 years ago today: I became briefly lost while returning down the side trail from Moxie Bald to the AT. I spent more than a half-hour crashing stubbornly around through the dense shrub growth before having the sense to return to the fire tower, which was visible from any point along the crest, and try again.

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The great thing about disagreements on a trail is, I dont have to police them. I just pick up my pace and keep a blissful distance between us.

Something magical happens: can you really take kids on a 630-mile hike

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Nutmeg's nap, Beaver Pond, White Memorial Foundation, Morris, Connecticut. August 1, 2023, 3:25 PM. Hiking with my brother Mike. His girl Nutmeg, still going strong at 13, finds a shady spot for a nap.

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40 years ago today: The climb up Pleasant Pond Mountain from the shelter was the worst section of trail I had hiked in a while, but nothing could bring me down today. I just plugged on up and took the side trail to the open summit and a sort of roaming 360-degree view.

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40 years ago today: From the bank, it all looked so peaceful. Golden sun-drops swirled innocently over foam-flecked blue and soft breezes stirred the pines. The initial fifteen or twenty yards to the gravel bar was almost anticlimactic. The current was strong, but the water was barely ankle-deep.

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Shredded clouds, New Britain Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. July 6, 2018, 7:27 PM. It's a bit breezy at ground level, but higher in the atmosphere winds are shredding these clouds apart.






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