Amazing Art Trails from around the World.

Autumn footpath, Whitestone Cliffs Trail, Plymouth, Connecticut. October 18, 2020, 5:32 PM.

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September 12, 1983: I had one final meal of solid food before resuming the backpacking phase of my trip today and my return to gourmet fare like rice and instant oatmeal. I started on the trail at 1:45 this afternoon. That was okay. There will be plenty of time to revel in the freedom of backpacking once again. About three weeks remain in this adventure.

Im just thinking about how the mountain bikers on my local trails today, and honestly every day I go out, are very considerate and polite. People use bells consistently to announce their presence, and several times someone saw me coming up the trail, and waited to start the segment until I had come all the way up so that they wouldnt be barreling down at the same time.
I appreciate you, mountain cyclists!

Trails

October wetlands, New Britain Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. October 19, 2019, 2:38 PM.

China Ranch Date Farm & Bakery.

Had a great hike and a date shake.

Tecopa, California.

I miss this trail. It was always empty and peaceful to run through.

What a beautiful winter day it has been today.

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October 3, 1983: Except for one incident, which was only bad for a few moments, the climb up Hunt spur was fun. It was maniacally steep, it had many tricky parts, and it was strenuous as hell, but I rather enjoyed it. It was the last big climb.

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October cove. New Britain Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. October 12, 2019, 4:47 PM.

Going to put together my new today. I'm excited to get out there and explore the trails around here.

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July 6, 1983: About a mile later, after a climb, the trail skirted around an enormous mass of ancient, exposed rock sitting atop the wooded crest. A short spur trail led to the base of the outcrop. Marys Rock towered high above the deep Blue Ridge pass called Thornton Gap.

So muddy out on the trails thanks to the rain and the grazing, wandering cows. Makes for an especially strenuous hike, but I like the challenge.

Sing me sunlight and shadows (h/t Jackson Browne). Mill River, Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, Connecticut. May 26, 2023, 3:29 PM.

Weils gestern so schn war heute nochmal fast die gleiche Strecke.

16,7km
0:55h
18,4km/h
54Hm

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June 10, 1983: The Appalachian Trail wandered an incredibly circuitous course from Rhododendron Gap, where I left my film, to Pine Mountain. The old AT, now a blue-blazed side trail, once connected the two points with two easy miles of level ridge walk.

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August 8, 1983: I passed park benches also swarming with humanity, most of whom seemed to be staring at me, wondering what the hell I was doing walking through that park with a backpack on. I did not do much to reassure them. I could see that most of them thought I was a psycho, and that had me constantly breaking out in fits of laughter, which no doubt convinced them.

Schn wars! Immer noch sehr nass berall im Wald.

Heuer sieht man schn, warum es Schunteraue heit.

18,3km
1:04h
17,1 km/h
92Hm

Green, gold and orange sunset, Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. May 27, 2021, 8:07 PM.

A few more pics from Day 1 morning hike in

Mouth of Basque: confluence of Basque River (left) and Brazos River, which then continues as Brazos. And nice picnic spots nearby.

Deceptively innocent-looking trail entries that entirely deserve names like "Act of Faith".

I'm no geologist, but even I'm impressed by the layers of sediments in the ground. Love that the park has such features exposed for everyone's education.

Day 1 morning : 4.6km hike in the "very berry" hills of Cameron Park. Trail is shared "hike & bike", and I can't even begin to imagine how anyone might ride a bike there, but apparently people do.

Would've liked to hike more but decided to only get an idea of the trail for another visit and save energy for activities later in the day.

"Jacob's Ladder", great river & forest views, lots of hackberries, surprisingly large amt of bamboo.

After the ice storm. Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. February 6, 2021, 4:31 PM.

A week ago, I joined a bunch of mountain bikers and other trail enthusiasts for a screening of The Engine Inside put on by Mountain Bike Missoula. There was huge energy in the room and a double dose of inspiration.

The announcement that the Forest Service may be reopening the State Line Trail is a great reminder of the power of a group of people dedicated to keeping trails open. Thanks Mountain Bike Missoula for all the work to save our favorite places to ride!

If you havent already, consider joining your local mtn bike/trails association. It really does make a difference. Plus, they often host fun events like this.

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May 21, 1983: The trail around Charlies Bunion was not as scary as other backpackers had led me to believe it would be. Nevertheless, it was impressive. The clouds had lifted just enough to give me nice views into the fog-shrouded ridges and ravines heading down the Tennessee side of the range and a good look at the precipitous drop

Boquete Mountain Trails, Panama The Hills Have Eyes

Although a huge draw for tourists, take into account some recent incidents before heading out alone on the Boquete Mountain Trails.

Sunset's last gleaming. As the twilight fades, amazing color lingers more than a half hour after the actual sunset. New Britain Reservoir, Southington, Connecticut. October 13, 2019, 6:49 PM.

Pink and violet July sunset, Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. July 10, 2021, 8:21 PM.

Late afternoon sunshine meets a light Indian summer mist in the valley. Golden hour view from the Giant's Chest. Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, Connecticut. November 10, 2022, 3:50 PM.

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October 2, 1983: A side trail brought me to Big Niagara Falls (no, the other one). The falls were not enormous (no, thats the other one), but they were impressive enough, and quite scenic. A roaring stream churned through massive rock formations in a lively series of flumes and cascades between forested banks teeming with maples.

This Giant Sequoia contains California history, Civil War history, and a whole lot of wonder, all within its ultra-thick bark.

From this morning's hike.

Humans built a fort out of tree branches. (they do this a lot)

And for some reason they put an elementary school desk in the middle. (they don't normally do this)

The vibrant green ferns of spring meet the golden late evening sunlight. Mattatuck State Forest, Plymouth, Connecticut. Near Lake Plymouth. June 17, 2021, 6:16 PM.

Mini at one of my in the woods.

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July 23, 1983: The trail route was rather weird today. It began with a healthy climb out of the Schuylkill Valley. Then, the AT dropped back down off the ridge crest to pass by a spring located a good distance down the side of the mountain.

September sunset, Scoville Reservoir, Wolcott, Connecticut. September 18, 2021, 6:58 PM

I suddenly want an album of people on from every country in the world. Seems like, no matter where you go, someone just feels that itch.






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