|Asylum Reservoir #2, Brooks Road|
Finally! All winter long this last section of trail has been taunting me, but anyway, better late than never. And I see there's a new sign at the Asylum Reservoir trailhead. Pretty sure that wasn't there last fall. I started out today the same location as my last hike in December, but this time I walked all the way through to River Road along the Connecticut River, a distance of about five miles. My amazing husband agreed to pick me up at the end and cart me back to my car.
|Meet Mr. Quinn, an 8-month old package of crazy|
I got a Welsh Terrier puppy last fall, which was one of the reasons I couldn't finish up the trail before our early snow in December. I left my trusty Wire Fox Terrier Biscuit at home today because taking both dogs is just too much. I felt bad leaving her home. But if I leave Spazz-Boy Quinn at home with nothing to do, it's bad for everyone (and everything).
|Lots of interesting rock along the first section|
The first half of this hike features lots of dramatic rock and is pretty slow going unless you have the agility of a goat. I'd avoid it if it's wet or icy out. The terrain is quite scenic, and is rough enough to have kept out the riff-raff.
|Asylum Reservoir #1|
|"Rock Pile Cave"|
|Dog walked right over this half-grown Garter Snake and never saw it.|
After lunch, the terrain change fairly abruptly. The dramatic rock was left behind, the path leveled out, and the walking became a lot easier. Eventually the path began a very gradual descent down the bank of the Connecticut River.
|Very dangerous open well - yikes!|
|Well is located in the lower left part of the photo (looking back up the trail). |
Powerlines are to the left, parallel to the trail.
|Piece of shell found next to the old well|
|Tadpole -- probably for a Green Frog|
|Probably an old quarry road|
|Pink Lady Slipper|
|Speckled Green Fruitworm (Orthosia hibisci)|
|Ragged Robin (not native)|
|Severe trail damage from dirt bikes|
|Dirt bike erosion several feet deep.|
|Power plant as seen from the trailhead.|