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Talcott Mountain

If there’s one thing I love more than laying in bed and watching Netflix, it’s autum hikes.  You work up a sweat, yet stay cool.  The air is crisp, and carries the smell of burning wood and leaves.

If you ever find yourself in Connecticut, one of the most picturesque hikes you can take (especially in the fall) is Talcott Mountain. At the very top (which you can drive to as well) is the Heublein Tower.  Last Sunday the weather was beautiful and I convinced my cousin to take the hike with me.

Now, I’ve taken and struggled on this hike before, but for some reason I was totally convinced that even though the most physical activity I do lately is hauling boxes of beer up three flights of stairs, I wouldn’t have a problem climbing a mountain.

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I will say this: though we struggled at the beginning, once you reach the top the views are totally worth it.  The beginning hike is literally a 90 degree incline (that’s what it feels like), but once you pull yourself over the last hill your breath is taken away for a different reason.

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What I also love about this hike is that even though the lot was quite full the trails themselves were never overly crowded.

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Mads when she realized we had another tough incline.

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The last few hills as you reach the tower can be a little rough as well, but again the sweat is well worth it as you look out.

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The tower used to be a summer home and was eventually donated to the state. During the warmer months they have guided tours, but they have plenty of pamphlets and plaques so you can manage on your own.

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Hartford in the distance.  At the top of the tower you have 360 degree views of the state.

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“Ugh, we’re in another selfie! Can’t these kids just enjoy a beautiful day?”

No.

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We thought it would be a fun idea to take pictures of ourselves looking out at the foliage. There are steep drops (you’re on a mountain) and uneven ground so don’t recreate this. I’m a professional.

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View from the road.  We climbed you.

Afterwards Mads and I headed out to the Southington Apple Harvest for fried Oreos because we deserved it.

 

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