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Click for larger image This morning ashacat, matociquala, evynrude and I took a hike along Talcott mountain to Hublien Tower. The house and tower were built in the nineteen-teens by the Hublien family, from their liquor fortune (Smirnoff Vodka, Yukon Jack, Jose Cuervo, etc). On a clear day the view of the Farmington river valley from Talcott mountain -- part of the Metacomet Ridge -- is spectacular. From the top of Hublien Tower the panorama of both the Connecticut and Farmington river valleys is breath-taking. Alas, there were no stunning views today, on account of the haze. But the hike was fun, not too hard, we saw a lot of neat things, saved three Efts and a rat snake from certain peril, and generally had a grand old time.

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We'll probably be heading back in another 4-6 weeks to do some leaf-peeping and view-taking once we're into the cool clear weather of fall. For you Google-Earthers out there, we were at: 41 49' 33.25" N 72 47' 53.90 W


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Sep. 9th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
Eastern Newt efts. (We looked.)

The snake appears to be an eastern milk snake, and the caterpillar was a brown-hooded owlet, a kind of moth. *g*

Sep. 10th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
She turned me into a newt! .... Well, I got better. :-)
Sep. 10th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
I've been a bit worried about all the efts and the eastern toads we have about too, given the lack of rain. Good for you for helping keep them safe. All this time I've worked near your hike, see the tower every commute, and never get up there. I think a fall trip over there is overdue.

And in an odd turn of events, you and I had an LJ friend of a shared friend event that made me laugh (considering that I met you in a most random way to begin with): Seems my friend songfire3 is friends with matociquala. Small world, once again.
Sep. 12th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
I think a fall trip over there is overdue.

Mmm, well worth it. The first time I did the walk it was on a whim on the way home from work at Ensign-Bickford. You can just scoot up 185 and park on the access road (last right before you hit the crest of the ridge). That way's shorter than going in from Rt. 44. Most of the hard work is up-front, too. If you have about an hour* (and some good shoes) some afternoon you could give it a shot.

* For reference, I walk an 18 min mile open road/trails, so YMMV. The hour also accounts for about 10 min of gawking on the top floor of the tower.

Small world, once again.

That Grrummmblegruummmblegrummmble sound you hear is the world shrinking. :-)
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