Trails of Freedom returns to one of our favorite island hikes, the Pali Puka. Join us Wednesday, Spetember 7th at 8am as we make our way along the short but steep climb to the summit.
The Old Lyme Land Trust actually purchased the parcel at Watch Rock from the Locktite Corporation, which had originally planned on developing it as the site of their company headquarters. Had things gone just a bit differently, the only visitors to Watch Rock these days might have been wearing ties, carrying briefcases, and “hiking” down corridors lined with offices. Connecticut, and the United States at large, will be faced with many tough decisions in the future as to how the ever-growing needs of habitation, commerce and industry will be balanced with the health and well-being of the natural environment.
The wild Rosebay Rhododendrons surround almost every inch of the trail, towering up to 30 feet above the forest floor. The brilliant white and pink flowers add a stark contrast to the lush green trees and ferns.