The Tunxis Trail is one of Connecticut's wildest trails. Over the course of a few weeks I set out to hike the most northern twenty miles of the trail, from Route 44 in New Hartford to the Massachusetts state line in Hartland. After hiking in the densely populated Connecticut Valley all winter and spring along the New England Trail (NET), the Tunxis offered quite a contrast.
|Red Eft (Eastern Newt)|
Just driving there was an experience. We passed a dead porcupine on the road. A porcupine! Another time a turkey ran out in front of my car and just as I was about to hit it, the turkey jumped straight up and took flight, my front window just barely sliding under the awkwardly flapping giant bird. Nearly had a stroke.
|Indian Council Caves|
The most unique attraction along the trail is the Indian Council Caves, formed by an unusual pile of house-sized boulders. In the photo above, look for my dog in the lower center for scale. Yup, and that's just one of the boulders. It's even more surprising because there is nothing like this in the woods leading up to the cave. It's not particularly rocky for Connecticut, and you don't notice many boulders. Then there they all are right on top of each other. It's like a giant was cleaning up his field and threw all the rocks in a corner.
|Pink Lady Slippers|
And so the next three pictures will have my dog in them.
|Biscuit on some old ruins at a pond near the caves.|
|Biscuit and some Pinxter Azalea.|
|Biscuit, the goat|
|Massachusetts State Line Monument. The End.|