The following day hikes come from AMC’s Best Day Hikes in Connecticut. For more information, check out the book. 1. BEAR MOUNTAIN A loop through ancient forests leads to a grand stone pyramid atop the state’s highest summit, offering unrestricted views of broad valleys, shimmering lakes, and rugged mountains across three states. Location: Salisbury, CT…

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The following day hikes come from AMC’s Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires. Fore more information, check out the book. 1. BASH BISH FALLS A tale of two trails: Choose either an easy stroll to Massachusetts’ most spectacular waterfall, and a short, steep climb for a fine view of Bash Bish Gorge, New York’s Harlem…

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Identifying bird songs can be both beguiling and bewildering. Hundreds of species breed in the Northeast, so how can a listener possibly differentiate between their many songs? It takes practice and a good ear, but almost anyone can learn to distinguish the vocalizations of our common songsters. And with this ability comes an enhanced enjoyment…

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What a difference a month makes! I’ve chosen Valentine’s Day for my monthly climb and the weather offers a sweetheart deal to be sure—42 degrees. The sky is leaden, but the forecast gives me hope. My car is the only one in the lot, as a small flock of robins feasts on fruit from an…

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