Working a full-time job, I enjoy the days that I have off from it as I often get to explore the Litchfield Hills region in its entirety. I not only get to explore, but I also have an opportunity to tell about it, in my own unique way of course. The places I go and the people who I see make me the person that I am. I’m a travel nut. Anywhere I go, I can almost instantly come up with a story. There are those places, however, that can even leave people like me completely lost for words, and we have several of those places across Litchfield County. They not only leave you speechless, they leave you in amazement as your mind wanders away in a completely new direction.
One of the places that I enjoy strolling around in is Whites Woods in White Memorial in Litchfield. What a place! Not only are you surrounded by a tall pine forest canopy, but your also surrounded by nature lovers alike. White Memorial is a hit with nature enthusiasts. A place that is an absolute hit with the locals is The Little Pond Boardwalk. This boardwalk is an elevated wooden walkway which allows visitors to explore the wetland environment around Little Pond. Built in the 1960′s, this boardwalk covers 1.2 miles of Little Pond Trail and allows you access to several different wetland habitats. It’s easily accessible from Whites Woods Road in Litchfield.
The trail is great and starts at Whites Woods Road past a wooden gate. Once your on the trail, it’s all backwoods from here. Enter a world you only dreamed about. Spacious. Tranquil. Scenic. Walk along a wooden boardwalk that carries you through a world of wonder. The only thing you’ll hear out here is birds and maybe a few scattered voices of wandering people who are also on the boardwalk. As you wander through the wetlands, you’ll see an array of wildlife. During the spring and fall, it gets really interesting, especially for bird watchers, as bird migrations begin to take place. During the early stages of summer, you’ll love it even more as an array of wildflowers are in full bloom. This place really comes alive and is perfect for all seasons. In fact, you can bring a camera along each time and in each different season, you’ll have a completely different shot. It’s truly nature at it’s best.
Once you experience the boardwalk for yourself, you’ll begin to understand why this place is a hit with the locals. Unwind yourself from a hard day at work and experience life at a slower pace. No time is better than the present to catch up with it all, but remember this; as many photo’s that you take, don’t forget to experience the place for yourself. Photos can only tell half the story.
Mike Valletta can be reached for comment at: NorthwestCTMike@aol.com