Tuesday, December 28, 2010

TA Report: Cockaponset SF / Weber Woods

Date of Activity:  December 28, 2010
Location:  Cockaponset SF / Weber Woods

Condition of Trail(s):  Snow covered with lots of small blow down
Trail Ambassador Name:  Don Hazuka

Observations:  I strapped on the snowshoes and took to the trails; there was lots of small blow down everywhere due to the high winds, but nothing large enough to prevent/alter passage; it's great to hike soon after a snow fall because all the tracks and animal movements are captured for viewing; deer activity was very high with lots of foraging evident; someone had done some X-country skiing up by the farm and on some adjacent trails; the snow cover offers great visibility in all directions so I just cranked along scoping out possible new trails and land feature uses; because of the recent high winds, the depth of snow on the trails varied from a couple of inches to over a foot; at one point I spotted what looked to be a cairn about three hundred yards in the woods, so I broke off and headed towards it.  When I got there I was amazed to find an old beehive fireplace standing about six feet tall constructed with great care and skill.  Because of its hidden location, it had been left alone and was in incredible shape.  I plan on bringing a photo to our historical society to hopefully get some answers; continued on and came across several sets of boot and dog tracks near the east lot, but saw no one; the winds were still gusty, but not too cold, so it turned out to be a great, peaceful hike.

Trail Ambassador Email:  donald(dot)hazuka(at)covidien(dot)com
Town:  Clinton/Killingworth/Westbrook/Deep River
Trail(s) Ridden:  Green/grey/white/blue loop
How did you use the trail:  Snowshoeing
What was the time of day:  Early afternoon
Duration (Hours):  2
Distance (Miles):  4 1/4

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