| Sep 6, 2012
| 4:01 PM
HADDAM — It happens each time I hike on a cloudy day.
I walk through the dark, shadowy forest until I reach the path to an overlook. As I approach the opening in the forest, the clouds part and I hear an angelic chorus as I step out and take in the...
| May 31, 2012
| 6:54 PM
When you walk through an ancient tunnel that takes a stream beneath abandoned railroad tracks, there are basically two scenarios.
The first is that you walk through slowly, admiring the turn-of-the-century craftmanship of railroad builders as you view...
| Jun 21, 2012
| 4:48 PM
A light breeze swished through the 6-foot-tall grass as a bumblebee delicately worked the pollen from the purple head of a clover. A dragonfly balanced briefly on top of a bent stalk of grass before buzzing off. A wild turkey, spooked from its hiding...
| Aug 16, 2012
| 2:19 PM
The only trouble with a town's best-kept secret is that no one knows about it. Such is the case with Higganum's Swan Hill.
But that's going to change soon, thanks to the volunteer-run Higganum Vision Group and Haddam Trail Initiative. They're...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 2:07 PM
Like many Connecticut residents who didn't matriculate at Yale, I know the university in bits and pieces — a lecture at the law school, a play at the Rep, a dinner at the Commons. I don't have a good sense of how the whole place fits together, yet...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 6:39 PM
A few weeks ago, I wrote a column reminiscing about my childhood adventures along the former Air Line Railroad in my hometown of Portland and whether that portion of the former Boston to New York route would ever be converted to a hiking trail.
| Dec 14, 2012
| 4:13 AM
Everything has its exceptions, and this column is no different.
For years, I've been exploring all corners of the state looking for places to escape — places where civilization disappears. Places where you forget you are in one of the most...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 3:59 PM
Many towns and cities have turned their backs on the Connecticut River since early in the 20th century, so New England's longest waterway often flows unnoticed through our state.
But if you search it out, you'll find places like the Windsor Locks...
| Mar 30, 2013
| 1:25 PM
Last year, conservationists celebrated the death of the so-called Haddam land swap — a controversial deal approved by the state legislature in 2011 to let private developers acquire 17 acres of state-owned land overlooking the Connecticut River in...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 2:36 PM
The original plan was to walk along the banks of the Connecticut River on the abandoned Valley Railroad in Middletown and search for bald eagles.
I had visions of an eagle perched high on a dead tree or picking at a fish along the icy river, but all I...
| Oct 25, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Consumer Reports reliability ratings slam Jaguar and other European brands....