Lily Pond County Park — A short walk…

The closest place to go walking in nature is a relatively “new” park, that is as of yet basically undeveloped. It is called the “Lily Pond County Park”, and it groups together several areas that were kind of abandonned wooded areas that had overgrown and were reclaimed by nature. What is now a “park” once had a road going thru it that kept flooding with the rising waterlevels of the marshes, until eventually the towns gave up and just let it go under, to the point where you really can’t even imagine a road ever was there. The area also includes land that was part of an old home in the center of the woods. I am not sure the last time anyone ever actually lived there. We used to sometimes walk our dog in the “woods” when I was a kid. And local kids used to use it for dirt-biking. Continue Reading →

Fire Island — Oh Deer…

I never realized there was a National Park out here on Long Island, but the Fire Island National Seashore Wilderness Area is under the authority of the National Parks Service, and is protected even in summer when on just the other side of the same beach, hordes of beachgoers fill every square foot of sand at Smith’s Point. Continue Reading →

Birch Creek Loop

The other week I started walking in the Pine Barrens, and it was such a great discovery. This week I decided to try the Birch Creek Loop in Flanders. It was not so easy to find the starting point for this hike, and I initially found my way into another beautiful spot on the bay, further up. A quick GPS check on my iphone and I saw the spot I was supposed to start in. As it is a small dirt turn-off, I had missed it on the way out. A short drive, and I was there.
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Making Maple Syrup at Caumsett State Park

Visited this park for the first time today, not to go walking, but for a community education event about Maple Syrup. I had hoped to go walking before the event, but it was way too cold and windy out — the high was only 26F!
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Hubbard County Park — A Dock on the Bay

Set out to find a trail on Birch Creek Road, in Flanders, not far from the famous “Big Duck,” but made a mistake and ended up on Red Creek Road instead. I was in the Hubbard County Park, and there was active hunting going on. Continue Reading →

Manorville — The Pine Barrens

A very cold (hi of 33) but bright day, and I was determined to explore the Pine Barrens trails I had discovered online. I decided to start with an “easy” one, according to the little brochure I’d downloaded, a short loop that they referred to as “El’s trail” that was in Manorville. I drove out there, and it seemed to be a very small park that almost didn’t look like a park when you arrived. Continue Reading →

Nissequogue River — The Greenbelt Trail

It wasn’t too cold (today’s hi was 40F), but a little windy, and I was bundled up for the walk. Drove to a new place I had never been along the other side of the Nissequoge River from Short Beach. The Nissequogue River State Park encompasses part of the land of the old Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital. And a section of the Greenbelt Trail goes through here. Continue Reading →

Connetquot — A short walk…

Weather was nice enough to go walking again today, so went for a short visit to Connetquot State Park. Decided to take the yellow trail, as I hadn’t gone that way in a long time, and I wanted a short-ish hike today. The yellow trail is interesting because they have some interpretive signs here and there, that refer to a wildfire that burned through here in the 1970s. The signs explain the resilience of the forest and how it survived the fire.
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Short Beach — Welcoming in the New Year…

The first day of 2012 — happy new year! Last night we celebrated the new year with unusually warm weather, and so we decided to make a bonfire in the backyard fire pit. We started the fire early enough to make a BBQ and kept it going till midnight! It was lots of fun and a novel way to welcome in the new year.
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