OIYS Garbage: September 26
I’m not going to spend much energy on this junk, but thought I’d pick apart OIYS for a few days. Our Iowan correspondent vomited out this post about a MASSIVE fall foliage tour.
Sure, you could drive that in a day I suppose, but you’d be an idiot to do so. The writer, who has never been to any of the sites noted, DOES suggest splitting up this tour over 2 days. Okay then.
“State foresters have predicted a magnificent foliage season for Connecticut this year, so don’t miss out!” – No, this year’s foliage is going to be fairly terrible because much of New England, including Connecticut, is suffering from extreme drought. It will be incredibly short and probably muted.
To make this drive and do the suggested hikes in two days would be pretty much impossible.
The views from Mohawk Mountain are West and East. There are no views north. Technically, only the Mohawk Trail crosses through the State Forest.
The picture of the Dennis Hill Pavilion is funny – it’s the one Wikipedia chooses to highlight, but of course it isn’t the Dennis Hill Pavilion that anyone who has ever actually visited Dennis Hill thinks of.
OIYS says you can see the Green Mountains and New Hampshire. This is not true. All views from Dennis Hill are south and east. Back in they day, you used to be able to climb to the top of the roof of the pavilion and perhaps see north, but that hasn’t been the case for many years. This is what happens when you steal content that was written long ago and you’ve never been in Norfolk, CT in your life.
“Note: The drive to the summit is open weekends only from October 4 through October 26.” Unless something has changed in 2016, this is not true. The CT DEEP site does still state this, but the actual Dennis Hill page notes that it is open from April to November.
The picture of the view from Dennis Hill is of the southwest, not to Vermont as the content farmer suggests.
The observation tower at Soapstone Mountain has been closed for two years.
Hurds Lake is a few miles north of Soapstone and is not worth visiting. It is actually really crappy and hasn’t been restored properly since Somers bought it after it fell into disrepair.
From Somers, “Then head over to Voluntown.” Yeah. That’s practical.
Both stolen pictures of Mt. Tom are of Holyoke’s Mt. Tom, not the one in Connecticut. This is what happens when you steal content and never actually visit the places.
UPDATE: OIYS has corrected the pictures after I tweeted out the error. No attribution or thanks to me though. Par for the scummy course. I know Morrow Long and “IEatEggsEveryMorning” and while both put their pictures out on sites that allow for free usage, I’m sure both would be quite annoyed to know their pictures are used on OIYS.
90% of the content for this blurbicle is from this DEEP page. Yes, Connecticut is small, but people in Iowa underestimate how long it would take to drive and hike all of the stuff they suggest.
19 pictures: 16 from Flickr, 3 from Trip Advisor
This site is the worst.