The Sky’s the Limit 2016 Hiking Challenge #2
Collis P. Huntington State Park, Redding, Bethel, Newtown
February 27, 2016
Most The Sky’s the Limit Challenge points allow those seeking them a few different trail choices in obtaining them. For instance, if I was doing this thing myself, I’d be fully exploring the state parks they are in, hiking miles each time.
However, I’m doing them with my sons – and it’s sort of cold in February – so for the first two anyway, we’re pretty much taking the shortest possible routes. This will change when it gets warmer.
So says mean ol’ dad anyway.
Huntington State Park spans three towns: Bethel, Newtown, and Redding. For our hike, we were entirely within Redding. The requirements to complete this one include a picture at the main park entrance gate and one at the “East Lagoon.” Parking at the main gate would afford you a 1.8 mile or so round trip.
Of course, you could take any number of longer routes – and you should. Huntington State Park is really cool.
OR, you could park at the “other” lot off of Sunset Hill Road, pop in and out to the lagoon (half a mile total, maybe), and then drive down to the park gate for your other picture. That’s what we did.
And somehow, the whole thing still took nearly an hour.
The little lot on Old Dodgingtown Road is pretty tight, especially when it’s filled to capacity as it was when I was there. We seemed to be the only visitors without dogs or mountain bikes.
Then my four-year-old decided he had to use the composting outhouse toilet. He enjoyed the experience and likened it to “pooping in a garbage can!”
Okay, then. Let’s hike
We merely had to descend a little hill along a woods road, pass by some ponds, take a picture, and return back to the car. Simple, right?
Should have been. What will be simple is the remainder of this page – for you and for me.
Okay, now let’s go take our required picture by the “East Lagoon”. I’ll help Damian across the ice (he was paralyzed and not moving) and Calvin, you stand there and DON’T STEP OUT ON THE ICE.”
“CALVIN! GET OFF THE ICE! WHAT THE 8#^*!”
We made our way back to the car, Calvin, worried to death about his dirty pants and coat all the while. We stopped at every frozen pond so they could throw more rocks and sticks across the ice. Never underestimate the joy kids can get from such things.
Two women passed us and one asked, “Do you know the way to the bears and wolves” like that was a normal question. Her friend admonished her for asking such a randomly odd question. Of course, I knew the phrasing came from the Sky’s the Limit Challenge, but didn’t say anything. Well, other than pointing them up the correct trail.
(For more on the sculptures and the woman who created them, go here!)
There have been other Challenge completers out on both of our adventures so far, which is already more than we saw all of last year.
And that, my friends, was that. Two down, twelve to go!