McLean Game Refuge

Sometimes the best finds are the ones you find by mistake!  A few weeks ago we headed to Simsbury, CT, where I spent my early years, hoping to climb Talcott Mountain.  Unfortunately, I didn’t research in advance, and found we couldn’t get anywhere near the mountain because there was a huge event, and cars were parked up and down the road!  On to Plan B.  I remembered going to McLean Game Refuge when I was in girl scouts, so we headed there.  Wow, what a gorgeous location, especially with the peak autumn colors!!  So glad for Plan B.

Buttonwood Farms, Griswold CT

Today we headed to Buttonwood Farms in Griswold, CT.  They are famous for their sunflower field, and I had heard they were hosting a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish foundation.  A few days earlier, a friend had posted photos of beautiful sunflowers, so I was very disappointed to find most of the flowers dead and wilted.  We then moved on to plan B, and stopped at Stepping Stone Falls, in Exeter, NH, on our way home.  I imagine the falls look much more dramatic when it is not in the middle of a summer drought.

Gillette Castle in Haddam Connecticut

Today we met the cousins in Connecticut to see the Gillette Castle.  We started with a steamy hike (95 degrees), and finished with a tour of the castle.  The history in the area is rich and the view spectacular!