On Sunday we went to Connecticut again and this time we went to Lantern Hill for a hike up to the cliffs. It was almost straight up, most of the way, but a shorter hike, so well worth the climb. On the way, we took a new route, back roads are fun to explore and it was a beautiful drive along the way.
This farm had a backdrop of foliage.
The trail we hiked is on the grounds of the Pequot reservation but the trail is open to the public. On the first vista we had views of Foxwoods, it has a casino and hotel, as well as a shopping outlet. You can see how high we are, compared to the hotel, and a spectacular view of the area and foliage.
There are vistas, all along the trail to the top. Here I am getting a shot, while Bill takes one of me.
At the top the views are spectacular, you can see the old quarry, the ponds and all the way to the atlantic ocean.
On the other side, are views of unending trees, the landscape is a mix of full foliage and old growth, so no foliage on those trees. Bill was taking photos of me again. It was quite the climb for my legs and going down seemed harder since the paths were covered with leaves. We also got a few rain bursts, but it was all worth it for these views.
On the way back we stopped at a park called the Ledyard Up-Down Sawmill. There were a group of church goers on a picnic so it was hard to get shots without a lot of people, but this is the building for the sawmill and I found out that they do tours where you can watch them cut wood using water power. If you click on the link, you can read about it. This is a fun place to come back to when they are operating the mills.
And if I didn't do enough over the weekend, we hiked 3 miles around the pond on Monday and yesterday we hiked along another old mill site. It is just too nice out, not to enjoy walking while we can, but i think my body has had enough, it let me know today, so resting up until this weekend. This is a waterwheel alongside a home at the end of the trail.