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The Hartford CourantA pair of osprey circled a nesting platform that held what resembled a pile of sticks as I walked along a trail of mud and crushed oyster shells. Off in the distance, traffic droned past along busy I-91. A path snaked its way through a meadow and along...
WASHINGTON — Are some appraisers failing to see the improvements in real estate values underway in local markets that have recently bottomed out and turned positive? When multiple bids push a house price thousands of dollars above what the seller is...
It wasn't a promising start for the hands-on portion of the state finals of the Ford AAA Auto Skills Contest on May 10. Traditionally held outdoors, rain threatened the finals but only resulted in a 30-minute delay to the 90-minute contest. The...
The Hartford CourantWhen you walk through an ancient tunnel that takes a stream beneath abandoned railroad tracks, there are basically two scenarios. The first is that you walk through slowly, admiring the turn-of-the-century craftmanship of railroad builders as you view...
Tags: Haddam, Transportation, Railway Transportation, Travel
The Hartford CourantThe White Cliffs of Dover tower high over the English Channel, a wall of chalk that's a natural defense between Britain and the rest of Europe. Sailors would stare in awe as they approached the wall of white and…oh, hang on. Sorry, wrong...
The Hartford CourantI spent much of my youth exploring the wilds of East Hampton's Hurd State Park. I tossed stones down the seemingly bottomless chasm of Split Rock, listening for their landings. We picnicked in a glade above Carlson Pond, scaled White Mountain and walked...
The Hartford CourantTraveling along Cheshire's Prospect Ridge is like being on a roller coaster. The trail starts deep in a ravine and you can almost hear the clicketyclack of the coaster being jolted up before the first plunge as you struggle up a steep hill and into a...
The Hartford CourantTwo images come to mind when one mentions the words "peaceful valley." The first image is of a place where the only sounds visitors hear are autumn's final leaf rattling at the end of a branch, a babbling brook tumbling over boulders through the...
The Hartford CourantWhile walking the most recent extension of the Charter Oak Greenway in Manchester, I didn't really see the clear Birch Mountain Brook as it tumbled through a ravine filled with hemlocks. I didn't look at the couple enjoying lunch on a picnic table near...
The Hartford CourantAs I pulled my car between a salt shed and the Plainville dog pound, a 6-foot-high gated and locked fence with a sign noting Tomasso Nature Park stood before me. I walked over to the animal control officer who was walking a dog and asked a question I've...
Tags: Rivers, Nature, Wetlands, Human Interest, Natural Resources
The Hartford CourantCan you ever truly go home again? Can what was once old become new again while remaining the same? I had been dreading going home again — returning to the Old Comstock Bridge — a piece of my past that has always been a gateway to my childhood...
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