|White Wood Aster near the parking area|
The name "Penwood" comes from Curtis Veeder, the former owner of the property, who was said to be fond of some Pennsylvania woods. Mr. Veeder, an inventor as well as an officer of CFPA, donated his land in 1943, including the hiking trails he had cleared. You will recall that the Metacomet Trail (and New England Trail) was created and is maintained by CFPA.
I was in Penwood last November because it has a long paved loop road, and I had recently broken my ankle. At the time I could not risk hiking on the Metacomet Trail, and even the uneven asphalt road seemed difficult to walk on. This was just a few weeks after the October snowstorm, and the park was a mess with downed trees, although the paved road had been cleared. At any rate, it was a joy to return on two fully functioning legs and start up the Metacomet Trail, which Veeder himself may have cleared.
|Zillions of Black Birch saplings|
|Rubaduc's Pet Mushrooms|
|Herb Robert (not native)|
|Stairway to Heaven|
|View from the Pinnacle - Looking south to Heublein Tower|
I enjoyed seeing Heublein Tower off in the distance from up here, since I had just been up in the tower a few days previously.
Just past the Pinnacle is a concrete foundation. Don't know what it was for. No chimney, so I don't think it was the cabin.
|Tastes like chicken. Seriously.|
|Another trap rock formation across the valley|
|Feeding holes from a |
While the Metacomet Ridge is the main trap rock ridge that crosses Connecticut, there are a few other trap rock formations such as Sleeping Giant and West Rock. Like the trap rock of the Buttress Dolorite, these stray trap rock formations never reached the surface.
|Alternate paved path up towards the Pinnacle|
The Pokeweed was in full berry mode. You do not want to eat them, as they are toxic, but Pokeweed shoots were a traditional spring potherb down south, especially for the poor. They were called Poke Salat, which is the source of the 60's hit "Poke Salad Annie."
|Changing colors of the birch saplings|
This last picture is for my husband. Curtis Veeder was known for his unique stormwater drainage system, in which the storm drains were set in the center of the road instead of at the edges. That meant the road was highest at the edges and lowest in the center (modern roads are the opposite). Most of the drains have fallen apart or are buried in debris, but there were a few still visible.
|Veeder's unusual storm drain design|