A hidden treasure of Connecticut…Bluff Point

Bluff Point is a Coastal Reserve that offers beautiful wooded hiking and biking trails. It is the last remaining significant piece of undeveloped land along the Connecticut coastline. Jutting out into waters of Long Island Sound in Groton this wooded peninsula encompasses over 800 acres.
Originally proposed for acquisition as a state recreation facility as early as 1914, it was not until 1963 that the western one-third of the land was purchased from Henry A. Gardiner III. State holdings include a north-south strip of the mainland, a portion of the headland bluff fronting the Sound, and the sandspit forming a beach of nearly one mile in length. Bluff Point was designated a “Coastal Reserve” by a special act of the Connecticut legislature in 1975 to establish the area “for the purpose of preserving its native ecological associations, unique faunal and floral characteristics, geological features and scenic qualities in a condition of undisturbed integrity”.
Bluff Point is a Coastal Reserve therefore access to the bluff is by foot, bike or non-motorized vehicle only. The trail to the bluff passes through wooded and open areas until the view broadens as the bluff is approached. It is truly a hidden treasure of Connecticut, check it out!
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Got Fresh Vegetables?

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MY VERY FAVORITE FARM STAND IN CONNECTICUT
ITS WORTH THE TRIP!!
White Gate Farm Stand
Open only Wednesday and Saturday 9 to 5
White Gate Farm is located at 83 Upper Pattagansett Rd, East Lyme CT
They grow their lovely produce in Greenhouses so they have fresh vegetables for a good part of the year!
Contact them before you go: e-mail~ info@whitegatefarm.net tel~ 860.739.9585
Bring home amazing vegetables and try their homemade salad dressing. Please say hello to Pauline & the Fantastic Farm Team for me!

Put the GIVE in Thanksgiving

November is also GRATITUDE MONTH. The best way to be happy is to be grateful and gratitude is an action word. We find the best way to feel good is to give to others who are not as fortunate. It is truly a shame that families still go hungry.

My husband volunteers at Thanksgiving time for our neighbors in Bridgeport who are struggling with poverty, homelessness and addiction. They are deeply grateful for the love and encouragement that they receive from Bill and the many volunteers that help each year. Last year’s drive was a big success, the generous funds received from over 100 families and businesses enables The Bridgeport Rescue Mission to purchase, collect and distribute over 1,200 turkeys and well over 1,000 beautiful new winter coats. The Bridgeport Rescue Mission serves our neighbors who are struggling with poverty and addiction. The BRM family helps anyone who is currently poor, addicted, abused, abandoned and mentally ill to experience love, hope and healing. BRM not only cares for the immediate physical needs of the homeless, it helps them to overcome the challenges that led to their plight so they can learn to stand on their own again, as productive contributing members of our community. Each year, BRM provides hundreds of thousands of free meals to the homeless and working poor in Bridgeport and South Norwalk, over 30,000 nights of safe shelter, and residential recovery programs for men, women and children. One of the great opportunities with this drive is to participate personally in the experience. Hundreds of volunteers help by forming Turkey Teams and donating turkeys and fixings for more than 4000 families as well as over 15,000 coats to warm weary bodies. Be part of The Great ThanksGiving Project and provide families in need with a Thanksgiving they will never forget!
You can help by organizing a drive for turkeys or coats…or both!
To volunteer or help please contact: DRomano@BridgeportRescueMission.org or 203-333-4087

Its the weekend…lets hike somewhere!

Connecticut’s blue-blazed trails, maintained by volunteers and administered by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA), encompass some 825 miles of walkways running through 88 towns. The trails are elegantly described in the CFPA’s Connecticut Walk Book, a wonderful guide if you plan to get out into the woods. But there are other trail systems in the state as well, in state parks, town parks and various natural preserves.
One of my favorite is the 4.8-mile Housatonic River Walk in South Kent. It is a unique section of the Appalachian Trail in that it is one of few long flat parts of the entire trail. This easy, relaxing walk on an old farming road provides ample opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty and varied wildlife along the river. It also will allow you to brag that, yes, you have hiked along the epic Appalacian trail, even if it is just a little bit of the 2,160 mile trail from Georgia to Maine.

Use this interactive map to enhance your hike planning and have fun exploring this beautiful State!images
http://www.ctwoodlands.org/blue