Friday, April 20, 2012

Morning Muse: The Road Not Taken

Last week at the end of yoga class my instructor, Jules Wolman at Sacred Movement Yoga in West Hartford, CT, read the famous poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. I had heard the poem before and not given it much thought, but at that moment it seemed a reflection of my own life.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost (via

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Connecticut Wander: Rattlesnake Mountain

Yesterday, Kathy and I hiked to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain from Plainville CT.  I have seen the mountain many times when I drove down Route 6 in Farmington.  It looked interesting, but I could never figure out the location of the trail head.  Kathy did a little investigating, and she found directions for the trail head beginning in Plainville on the left side near the end of Metacomet Road.

Standing upon Pinnacle Rock at the offers a beautiful view of downtown Hartford.

To the rolling hills in Meridan.

We kept hiking north on the trail and came to a rock formation with a cave.  The sign said it was once Will Warren's Den.  Legend has it that 300 years ago he was flogged for missing church and steeling sheep.  He then tried to burn down the town and fled to the cave on Rattlesnake Mountain.  He was aided by 2 Native American women to avoid capture, and lived the rest of his life on the mountain with the cave as his home.

We hiked to the Farmington side of the mountain and then backtracked on the trail to return to our car, about 2.6 miles round trip.  The hike is fairly strenuous and it is part of the Metacomet Trail.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

New Hampshire Wander: Wantastiquet State Forest

Last Sunday I drove through four states to get to Wantastiquet Mountain State Forest to hike Mt. Wantastiquet.  Wantastiquet is just over the the Vermont border in Hinsdale NH, across the Connecticut River from Brattleboro VT.  Mitch, a Brattleboro native, suggested the hike.

The 2 hour hike was a moderate pitch up to the 1335 peak.  The reward was the outlook from Mine Ledge offering an unobstructive view of Brattleboro, the Connecticut River and beyond.  We could see Mt. Snow and Bromley in the distance.  We debated if one of the distant peaks was the back side of Killington.

Trail head off Rte 119 between the Bridge and the Walmart Entrance