Hubbard Park + Castle Craig

Despite the extremely cold day, me and my good friends Jess and Mike ventured out on a hike. It was fun but coooold (I’m still regaining feelings in my fingers). I didn’t really know about Castle Craig’s existence until I went to Hubbard Park on Christmas day to see their Christmas light display (which I blogged about HERE). Get ready for a ton of pics!

After doing a little online sleuthing, I found this MAP to the trail that I took. So we met in Hubbard park and followed the white path (as we only had 2 hours to spend here) on a pretty low-key hike. Only a 700 foot stretch up to the castle was steep, the rest was a pretty graceful incline. No hiking boots necessary and great for the family.

We began by watching the ducks in Mirror Lake. I love the mini-Castle Craig model in the middle of the lake (it’s a duck palace!)

A lot of the hike is woodsy like this image. It’s a fun change for me, especially since you can tell by the photos that it’s frigid out there. The white trail is also heavily marked, so no need to worry about going off on the wrong path.

CASTLE CRAIG! It’s a CASTLE?!

I loved this shot of Jess close to the edge over looking Meriden.

Views from the top. I hope to come back and do this trail again in the summer. This would be a great hike to pack a lunch and eat overlooking CT.

This is the steep hike back down to meet up with the white path. A little rocky, but nothing too tricky.

Continuing on the hike, there are some great views up to the castle.

“Halfway House”

Eventually the hike loops up with Merimere Reservoir (with Mine Island in the middle).

There’s nothing like celebrating a hike well done with a veggie pizza from Modern Apizza in New Haven with my cousin :)

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2 thoughts on “Hubbard Park + Castle Craig

  1. Birds (and such scenes as your terrific nature photos) are my favorite reason for hiking, and sometimes also lead to deeper experiences than I had ever planned for.

    So… sending you a new personal devotional/nature poem below, in the spirit of your blog post, and the upcoming conference/event:
    *Nature and the Human Soul* – with depth psychologist/naturalist Bill Plotkin and Franciscan spirituality teacher Richard Rohr
    [ January 19 – 22, 2011 at Hyatt Tamaya on the Santa Ana Pueblo, NM… SOLD OUT, but look for potential DVD/CD offerings of some portions in future, at Center for Action and Contemplation website: http://www.cacradicalgrace.org/about-cac/latest-news-a-events/upcomingconference/ ]
    ………………………………………………………………………………

    __The Spirit Is Not a Dove, But a Hawk__ by Mark Nielsen

    I did not choose This.

    No, This chose me.

    I opened a window and it flew in.

    More like swooped in, if you ask me –

    overwhelmed me, left me little choice,

    for I had been hunted from the time of my birth.

    But I did make some choices along the way:

    to open that window and leave it open,

    to surrender to the Redtail Hawk,

    and to leave with It

    through that same strange window of opportunity,

    instead of through the door I had built myself

    in my million-dollar house of cards.

    “It is only humans who have resisted ‘the one great act of giving birth’ (Romans 8:22), and in fact have frequently chosen death for ourselves and for so many others.” – Richard Rohr, OFM

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    Also for your spiritual enrichment, two relevant (or at least interesting) articles and tv clips on musician Paul Simon and priest/teacher Richard Rohr, from a PBS show:

    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/january-6-2012/paul-simon/10056/

    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/november-11-2011/richard-rohr/9902/

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