Monday, August 8, 2016

A Little Saturday "Tonic"

Saturday Jeanette and I took a nice drive into northwest Connecticut. There are some lovely little towns along route 7 that have some interesting shops. One of Connecticut's premier trout rivers flows through this area, the Housatonic. We stopped and walked a stretch of it admiring the beauty. And no I did not bring a fly rod, although I wish I had. The river looked to be in good shape as compared to the Farmington. One of the towns we walked around was West Cornwall.



The Wandering Moose was pretty packed for lunch.


An interesting little barn.


Downstream from the covered bridge were a couple of fly fishers. At this time of year I suspect they were fishing for smallmouth bass as opposed to trout. The Housatonic is prime water for both.


Simply charming.


We saw this in a field. We were far away from it and it really stood out. We tried to figure out what it was but of everything we guessed we were wrong.


Creative. And thanks.



22 comments:

  1. interesting...

    love the picket fence (of course) with the blooms. and sweet red barn.

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    1. TexWisGirl
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      Theresa I thought you would favor that.
      I saw a real neat gate that I'm sure you would like, now if only I could remember where I saw it.

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  2. Lovely scenic views of the area Brk Trt!! Nice way to spend the day!!!

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    1. TROUTI
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      Pete enjoyable it was, and I even saw someone fishing.

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  3. I'm thinking of making my way out there for some of the nice bass that live in those waters.

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    1. RM Lytle
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      Rowan there's plenty of them there. One of those super-streamers you tie will do the trick.

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  4. Looks like an area full of quaint new england villages and beautiful countryside.

    Glad you enjoyed your meanderings!
    Will

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    1. Hibernation
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      Will quaint indeed and a real change. We truly enjoyed it.

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  5. Isn't outdoor exploring fun? You did make note of leaving your fly fishing gear at home.............. You will need to correct that for a future trip. Beautiful country and thanks for sharing.

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    1. Grandpa Mel
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      Mel we had no time limits and we walked and looked and walked some more. I usually toss in the fly rod but.....

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  6. Them moose sure get around. We've got one here called the "Smiling Moose".

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    1. Lester Kish
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      Lester I can't remember the name of the show, but it featured a moose wandering the main street of an Alaskan town. May it's the same moose just a wandering and smiling.

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  7. Alan, I love picture of that covered bridge,that is a classic picture. We have lost many of ours due to hurricanes over the years when high waters washed them away. I think that is a river I would have to fish. I also love all the quaint little shops and restaurants . Thankyou for taking me along, great photos as usual.

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    1. Brad Basehore
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      Brad they are beautiful parts of our past. As you said a lot of them fell to some violent storms, but many have been restored and are in full use. That river I have fished only a handful of times, and that was years ago, may have to give it a try again.

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  8. There is something about New England that makes we wish I could spend more time there. Fishing or not. Very impressive photos Alan.

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    1. Howard Levett
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      Howard we love New England and I'm sure you would to.
      There's a season coming that highlights the area so beautifully.

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  9. Great pictures, Alan. I did the same as you taking a drive with my wife looking at the beautiful area we live in. I checked out a couple of brookie streams while at it. One was doing OK while the other was a series of pools, hopefully cold springs seeping into them. Keep up the good work with your photos and descriptions which I enjoy to no end. Regards, Sam

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    1. Parachute Adams
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      Sam we always have our native in mind, weather driving or walking we look out for what's best for them. I truly believe they will weather this drought and be strong come autumn.

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  10. BRK TRT,
    nicely done. The Housi is my stomping ground most of the year. I fish C&R in Mass up through Lee/Tyringham/Stockbridge area, and some areas are trout refuge like the Farmington. There a great fly shop right in Cornwell bridge, which I thought you may have bumped into. Wonderful post!!!

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    1. DRYFLYGUY
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      My friend we have visited that area of MA and saw the river. I will try to get there and fish it. The fly shop near the campgrounds looked to be closed.
      A beautiful area indeed.

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    2. I believe Housatonic Meadows fly shop is the one that's closed, but there is another one a little further south on RT7 called Housatonic outfitters just on the other side of the covered bridge in a whit building, which I believe is still open. All in all, sounds like a great little road trip.

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    3. Your right. The Housatonic Meadows shop is closed. Next time out there I'll have to check the other shop out. Thanks.

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