Brewing an Imperial Stout

As you might expect, I have other passions beyond hiking and I occasionally like to inject some variety into these pages.  One of those passions is home brewing.  I got into it about a year ago and have completed 15 bears (2 more in process).  You can see everything I’ve done on Untappd – Hendrick […]

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Hiking at Night

If you’ve never tried night hiking, you should!  Hiking after dark is completely different than hiking during the day time.  The trail is completely new – everything familiar is suddenly gone, the forest sounds completely different, and it is exciting!  There are a few things you should know before venturing out at night.  Being prepared […]

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Bigelow Hollow State Park

I set out on a nice autumn day to do some backpacking at Bigelow Hollow State Park.  The park adjoins Nipmuck State Forest so most of the signage covers both.  It is a nice property in northern Connecticut – 9,000 acres according to the official website.  Most of the locals call it Bigelow Hollow even […]

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Wells State Park

I recently took a quick drive over to Wells State Park to take a little walk in the wood.  Wells is located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts and boasts a large number of camping, RV, and yurt sites.  It also has a lake for recreational boating and fishing.  You can read all about it on the mass.gov […]

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Leadmine Mountain / Heins Farm

The combination of trail systems at Leadmine Mountain and Heins Farm are the trails I consider to be my home base.  I have logged many miles in these woods and rarely need to consult a map any more.  Located in Sturbridge, MA, these trails aren’t crazy in terms of elevation but offer great hiking and […]

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Partial Pemi Loop – Part 2

Given our day of strenuous hiking on Day 1, Dan and I slept like rocks and woke up a little stuff but generally no worse for wear.  There wasn’t any running water around so we got by with melted snow to cook our breakfast.  My JetBoil performed like a champ and I had brought a little […]

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Partial Pemi Loop – Part 1

The Pemi Loop is a collection of trails in the White Mountains that connect to create a lollipop loop out of the Lincoln Woods Visitor Center.  It is considered one of the best hikes in the Northeast given its route over a whole bunch of 4,000 footers in NH.  It is a strenuous hike (as […]

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