Monday, October 2, 2017

Killing Some More Time on the Mattabesett Trail

It's that time of year again. 

     Well, we seem to be back in historic low river level territory. While it is alarming, I think we are still a little better off than we were at this time last year. I was optimistic about an early salmon season this year. That's not going to happen, I guess. Maybe I'm foolish, but I think we hit rock bottom last season in terms of precipitation, river levels, high water temperatures, etc. Maybe this year begins the slow, uphill climb back to normal...

     Speaking of slow, uphill climbs, instead of getting hung up on the bad start we're getting in the fall fishing department, I have been enjoying discovering more of the Mattabesett Trail, most of which is only a short distance from my house. The weather might be poor for fishing, but it has been great for hiking. Here are some shots from last week: 

The view from Bear Rock in Durham

Nature, doing what it has to do

Bluff Head, atop Totoket Mountain in Guilford

This turkey vulture is looking for a yucky snack. 

The Hartford Skyline to the north, opposite to a view of Long Island to the  south

Bluff Head panorama 

The Mica Ledges in Durham, overlooking suburbia

The selectmen stones, marking the spot where Durham, Guilford, and Madison intersect

     I'm praying for rain. We all should be. Hiking the Mattabesett Trail is fun and all, but I want to be salmon fishing soon. Hopefully, it won't be long until I'm back on the greasy ol' Naugatuck again. Until then, I still have about 40 miles more of the trail to hike...