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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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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Mossy Cave Trail

We drove north from Page to hit Bryce Canyon and Zion up in Utah.  We were quite surprised to run into snow!  I suppose it was May and that wasn’t out of the realm of possibility but we weren’t prepared from a clothing perspective.  But we layered up and made the best of it.  As […]

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Antelope Canyon

Also in Page, AZ is Antelope Canyon.  There are actually two sections of this canyon, Lower and Upper.  We went to Lower which is less busy and (I think) cooler to look at.  These canyons are formed by flash flooding.  Fast moving water is what has carved them over time – that’s what leaves the […]

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Glen Canyon Dam and Horseshoe Bend

From Sedona, we traveled to Page, Arizona to see Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon (future post).  We also took a river tour below the Glen Canyon Dam that took us around Horseshoe Bend – a totally different perspective form the top!  Page was a small town, seemingly dependent on tourism for most of its economy. […]

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Cathedral Rock

Once we finished up at the Grand Canyon, we drove to Sedona, AZ.  Sedona is an awesome little town that completely caters to tourists.  There are a wide variety of restaurants, breweries, artist shops, souvenir stores, and lots of other pleases to spend your time.  We took a Pink Jeep Tour which was a ton […]

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