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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Break in at the Echo Valley Lot

I saw this the other day on Facebook. A car was broken into at the Echo Valley Lot. 

Here is what was posted:
Be careful Newtown and visitors. Went for walk in upper Paugusett State Forest this afternoon around 3:10 pm. This is what I came back to 1/2 hour later. Parked in upper Paugusett off Sanford. Bikers said a red Jetta almost ran them over while driving away. Purse stolen. I know I shouldn’t leave it in car, but went for a quick outing while I was out. Too bad there were no cameras.
It's a shame this happened here but it's a wake up call. Don't leave your valuables in your car when parked in the woods.

Also, be on the look out for a red Jetta!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

New Year's Day Hike

My daughter and I went for a hike New Year's Day and upon arriving at the Boat Ramp I was dismayed to see there was a mountain biker out on the trails given the temperature was in the low 40s and riding on soft trails would be really detrimental.

I see this BMW with a trailer hitch bike rack parked here a lot but don't know who it belongs to.

A fellow Veteran, even.

Lost and found at the trail head includes a pair a glasses and keys.

Katie and I headed down the Blue Blazed Trail and after crossing the second stream noticed that hikers have left their mark on the soft trails as well. We stayed off to the side in any places that were soft.

Looks like Connecticut Forest & Park Association is using a new kind of blaze.  No longer painting them on trees, rather using painted strips and aluminum nails.

I don't think I have been this far down the Lililonah Trail in a couple of years. Definitely not after the Micro Bursts/Tornados a few years ago but the trail underwent a serious reroute up to the Kissing Oaks. I noticed that the new trail was even benched in places.

Although only one part of the tree still remains

The lower section is still kissing!

Looks like a mountain biker lost their go juice. The bottle is now sitting empty in my recycling bin.

All in all, it was a nice hike with my daughter to welcome in the new year and decade.

Riding above 32 degrees in the winter

What Cyclists Need to Know About Freeze-Thaw Cycles

Please read this article!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Logging begins the week of 3/18/2019
in the southern section of the forest
that was devastated by the 2018 Tornado

Please stay off the trails in that area.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Who is dumbing down the trails?

I don't understand why the log over on the Mulikin Trail was cut.
Looks like someone is dumbing down the trail.