|A peaceful early autumn trail.|
I would expect most of us don’t really need any other reason to head onto a trail but this is also the time when we are planning the second annual Trail Trek to benefit Avalonia’s mission to preserve, protect and manage open space here in southeastern CT.
|No two trails are the same.|
All of our preserves are open but not all are trailed. The Avalonia website is linked to the CT Trail Finder app and those preserves with trails are easy to find and well described. Last year folks hiked, ran or did a bike loop connecting as many preserves as possible. You can bring your four footed friends along on most preserves ( there are a couple of exceptions) as long as they are on a leash and run along beside you.
At Knox Farm, you can pull up in
your kayak and go for a hike.
This year an added attraction will be a kayak component. Many preserves in Stonington and Groton have water access or are visible from the water. Several years ago, I posted a blog with some directions and ideas. A Blue Trail. Now we have some freshwater access in Griswold and soon may even have access from the Wood/Pawcatuck River to our new Sheets Preserve in North Stonington.
At least one preserve will allow mountain biking for part of the event.
|The TriTown Ridgeline Forest trails|
are more challenging.
Those of you who have come to know me, through the blog or otherwise, know that I need no extra incentive or reason to be outdoors. It is a passion, and some might say an obsession. A healthy one. I don’t always need to be on a trail. Boundary work gives me a good excuse to go off trail and check out more remote corners. This is my favorite time of year for kayaking. The water is warm and really clear, and the colors of autumn reflect so beautifully with the September-blue sky. I hope I can launch my little boat during the trail trek week but surely will be out hiking. This year “my team” will be the Stonington Stewards, dedicated to all the people who help me here in town, build bridges, pull invasives, mow trails populate the work parties, and who support all the projects we are involved in.
Please support Avalonia in all aspects of the good work that is being done. More land preserved, more trails maintained, more outreach and education. It is all good.
|A bike route may take you past untrailed|
properties that you didn't know about!
|Some trails open up to amazing views!|
|A bench welcomes tired trekkers.|