Day 162: Leave No Trace (Or Pay The Price)


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Johanna’s, New Milford, CT. We got Connecticut style breakfast sandwiches which are fried eggs and cheese on a hard roll, and the best fresh fruit salad we’ve ever gotten from a restaurant. This is a very cool restaurant with with a combination of American and some very legitimate looking Spanish dishes. If you’re in the area definitely check it out. It was delicious but I was too hungry to remember to take pictures.


Dover Stone Church, Dover Plains, NY (1 mile total out and back). Considered a remarkable geological and historical landmark, the Stone Church cave and the Stone Church Brook are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in the New York State Open Space Conservation Plan. A very picturesque walk lined with trees brings you to forest trail. Large rocks converge at the cavern entrance resembling a church’s cathedral window, which is where it gets its name from. Pictures absolutely do not do this place justice, you’re just going to have to come and see it yourself. There are a few miles of trails that we’re planning to do next time we visit.


difficulty: 2

Bash Bish Falls, Copake, NY. This is our first hike from one state park, Taconic State Park, NY into Bash Bish Falls State Park, MA and it was only a 3/4 mile walk. This park showcases the highest waterfall in Massachusetts at almost 200’ and it spectacular with huge vertical cliffs framing it. Unfortunately, a few years ago it suddenly became hugely popular with people who left so much trash around that the government shut down access to anything but an overlook. Thanks for spoiling it for everyone, people.


difficulty: 2

Umpachene Falls Park, Southfield, MA. The falls are named for a Native American Chief who once fished here. The 5 acre park was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler to the town of New Marlborough. What a fantastic spot! The river is beautiful, the falls above them are beautiful and there were the prettiest sparrows catching dinner in the air above the water. We had a great time rock hopping and crossing logs up stream. If this place was near our house we’d be here all the time.


Guido’s Fresh Market, Great Barrington, MA. I think the best way to describe it is that it it’s felt like a slightly less corporate Whole Foods. Lots of vegetation and vegan options as well as more traditional choices, good quality, maybe a little bit expensive.


Quality Inn, Great Barrington, MA.

Price: List price was $239/night but we got it for 25,000 points from Choice Privilege. [How to Save Money on Hotels]


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