Sunken Meadow — The Greenbelt Trail

Wanted to try the Greenbelt Trail again, this time I picked it up at a starting point from the Sunken Meadow State Park, which is actually mostly a big beach, and I imagine in summer it is packed something awful, but as it is the middle of winter I expected some solitude. I was wrong about that, as the nice weather encouraged lots of folks to get outside, and many went to the state parks, I suppose. 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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Connetquot — Unexpected Encounters…

Went walking with “Cactus Killer” today on my favorite trail in Connetquot, and even visited the little spot I found for drawing the last time I was here. It was about mid-afternoon, so I didn’t expect we would see much wildlife, but we had incredible luck (too bad I didn’t have my camera this time!)

We had the amazing good fortune to see 31 deer! It was like a deer convention. There was a whole herd of them. We couldn’t believe it. As we started our walk we saw one or two in a clearing through the trees, then as we turned we saw the whole meadow was full with grazing deer — maybe eleven of them. That was so exciting in and of itself we were quite content with our walk. But then we saw another meadow area with a bunch more, we kept counting and couldn’t believe there were over twenty. At a certain point we walked right near a few of them, young ones, and only when we crunched some dry leaves underfoot did they look up.
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