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Day 38 – Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills Part 2

Day 38 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

I must apologize to my avid readers in advance, as I don’t have many stops or pictures to contribute to today’s post.  I awoke to a dreary, overcast day with yesterday’s sinus headache, only magnified, despite my body being a walking medicine cabinet for the last 24 hours – Tylenol Sinus, Nyquil, Excedrin, and finally a migraine pill in desperation.  Nothing worked, and the weather wasn’t helping matters, not to mention I was frozen!  After I let the dogs out, I crawled back into my sleeping bag and waited to see if the haze would clear, or if I was in for an ugly day.

The haze dissipated; though the forecast called for intermittent thunder showers which would definitely contribute to an oncoming migraine.  As I followed Gina’s (my GPS) directions to Kent, I passed by a sign pointing to a covered bridge, so I detoured across the river and over the bridge where I pulled into a parking area to a variety of trails to take a picture.  I know nothing more about the bridge.  I do wonder, however, how some of the bridges make it into the Reader’s Digest Book and some have official street signs directing tourists to their whereabouts, while others are simply forgotten.  I haven’t figured out what makes one more special than another.  It must be like art, what makes a brush stroke across a white canvas sell for millions of dollars? Continue reading “Day 38 – Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills Part 2”

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Day 37 – Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills

Day 37 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

After oatmeal doctored with some fruit, compliments of Julie, the dogs and I set off to Farmington, home to many historic sites, though I was most interested in Miss Porter’s School, an exclusive boarding school over 100 years old.  My old college roommate attended high school here, and I was curious to know how she spent some of her formative years.  I only drove by the campus and got a glimpse of the classic buildings, but also passed by the lovely Farmington River.  In hindsight, I probably should have stopped here for a walk, as the river was lined with trees in peak fall color.  The vibrant oranges and reds reflecting off the calm water provided such a picturesque view that I missed my turn to Topsmead State Forest!

Topsmead State Forest

Topsmead State Forest was a pleasant surprise and a hidden gem.  If it weren’t for Reader’s Digest and my GPS, I never would have found it as I didn’t see one sign pointing in the direction of the old Edith M. Chase estate.  The local grande dame bequeathed her estate to the state, and the fabulous grounds afforded a variety of walks.  Our first walk, a self-guided nature walk, took us through the forest full of maples, birch, hemlock, wild raspberry bushes, ferns, grapevines, and more.

Our next walk took us over rolling green hills that would have been a horse’s delight to a fantastic, Tudor-style mansion (only open alternate weekends) surrounded by a flower garden.  I strolled around the house twice just taking in the details of the slate roof, wooden doors laced in iron works, metal gutters, and quaint courtyards.  I let the dogs off leash as I walked along a few more paths mowed in the green pastures and along an ancient stone wall through a canopy of trees.  Hardly anyone was there…a peaceful treat.

I briefly passed through Litchfield on my way to Lake Waramaug State Park where I had hoped to pull in early, take a breather, and catch up on my blogging.  The drive was breathtakingly gorgeous.  The lake, surrounded by the autumn colors, was home to several crew teams practicing rowing.  Unfortunately, the campgrounds were closed for the season, so I set off in search of the next Wal-Mart.  Not that there is anything wrong with Wal-Mart, but I was hoping for a more scenic place to rest for the afternoon than a parking lot.  I hope not all the campgrounds are closed for the season, or it might be a while before I find a shower! ETB

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Day 36 – Rhode Island’s South County Coast and Hartford Connecticut

Day 36 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

Misquamicut State Beach

What an action packed day!  I started out at Misquamicut State Beach, Rhode Island’s largest.  The seas were as calm as I’ve seen for days. With barely any surf, if it weren’t for the blue horizon of water and sky, it could have been mistaken for a tranquil pond!  As I walked along the beach with the dogs; however, I spotted evidence of recent rough seas as I passed countless starfish washed ashore every five feet.

I kept up with geocaching and found two caches of a series of Misquamicut caches nearby…one hidden in the brush across the street and another magnetically attached to a “No Parking” sign.  The Oceanside community of Weekapaug across the way reminded me of Rockport, Texas; quiet streets, lined with gingerbread-style beach houses. Continue reading “Day 36 – Rhode Island’s South County Coast and Hartford Connecticut”