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August 31, 2010

Summers at Burr Pond

Burr Pond in Torrington offers unspoiled splendor in the heart of nature.

Like so many in the Torrington area, my summer has been spent unwinding at nearby Burr Pond. Burr Pond offers splendor and tranquility while enjoying the unspoiled views around you. Many of my lazy summer days have been spent soaking up the sun on the sandy yet picturesque shore that is the perfect swimming hole to cool off, especialy in this summers extreme heat. Burr Pond is actually a state park managed by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. Fee’s vary however a terrific nearby boat launch is in the middle of a hiking trail that circumfences the pond and if your willing to take a little hike, you can also gain access to the parks beach.

Yes, it has been a terrific and enjoyable summer, and it’s all thanks to those lazy summer days at Burr Pond. However, the suns setting on Burr Pond and

Picturesque sunsets at Burr Pond

 in the coming weeks Burr Pond will nestle itself away for a long winters nap. Though it will be truley missed, it was the memories that were created there that I will carry with me throughout the winter. This summer, I had the upmost pleasure of meeting so many different people wether it was the weekenders who were up from New York and staying in the local area or just fellow locals themselves, everyone I ran into was more than pleasant to talk to as well as more than willing to have a full conversation with you as if you had known them for a lifetime.

These hills are beyond magical. Once you step foot in them it’s like you’ve walked into a completely different world. So many friendly people that it makes you feel completely relaxed and unwound from the stresses of everyday life.  Burr Pond had the ability to really bring that magic all together, all in one conviently located place just bewtween the city of Torrington and Winsted in the Burrville section of Torrington, a more rural part of town. Burrville is home to Lakeridge, a popular resort style destination for New Yorkers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the very busy and always on the go life in the city. Lakeridge lays on the western edge of the pond and is a gated community that offers everything from downhill skiing during the winter to horseback riding and tennis during the summer.

So, as the sun sets, we say goodbye, but it’s not goodbye for long. Soon we will be hibernating ourselves away for the long winters we have in the Litchfield Hills but before you know it, we’ll be back in our bathing suits soaking up next summers lazy summer days at Torrington’s Burr Pond State Park. I’ll be sure to see you there.

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Will Earl make landfall?

Satelitte images of Earl

Looking at the latest forecast models for Earl clearly make you want to cringe. Connecticut, although not in a direct path, is in the western edge in the cone of uncertainty. We have been lucky not to have all that many hurricanes around here, though as everyone also knows, we are well overdue. Would it be possible for Earl to do damage in Litchfield county? I decided to get to the source.

Gil Simmons, of WTNH TV in New Haven has been following the storm since it’s inception.  This guy knows his stuff. I decided who better to ask than my Facebook friend Gil Simmons! Gil writes “Biggest impact in CT will be southeastern areas…especially in New London county! Winds 35 + MPH there with some heavy rain.” Yikes! What a way to start a weekend off. Though would Litchfield county see anything from all this? “Not much for Litchfield County.” says Gil.

What a relief. The last thing we need in the Litchfield Hills is a hurricane. With the abundance of trees that we have and remote locations having a hurricane in Litchfield County would be devastating. Though Gil does write to say “However, Saturday is a different story. A strong weather front and departing Earl will make for some strong gusts in our local area!”  Dealing with gusts sounds like good news to me. I’ll take some strong “gusts” rather than having a direct hit of a hurricane. The last time I went through any type of hurricane, persoanlly, was back in 2004 in South Florida surviving hurricanes Frances and Gean. I can’t tell you the amount of fun I had in those storms.

So Litchfield County, we can relax knowing that a direct hit most likely won’t be in our near future, at least for this week. Though as we all know, weather can change in an instant. Today it can look as though were not going to get anything, tommorow we can be a completely different story. Weather is almost never all that predicatable and is constantly changing. Keeping a close eye on the weather is always recommended. Here in the Litchfield Hills we got to know that warning very quickly this past summer as the amount of tornadoes and severe weather that impacted the area was almost a continuous story. Bright sunny days turning into hazy afternoons made for a perfect recipe for severe weather, and some of those ended up turning into tornadoes like the one that went through East Litchfield. Now, lets just hope Earl doesen’t make any last minute decissions.

Special thanks to Gil Simmons for his feedback this morning!

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