Fathers Day Fun Day!
This Father’s Day I decided to ask my dad if he wanted to do something with me. Every year for Fathers Day, Christmas, and his birthday I get him the same thing – a gift certificate to the bike shop he frequents. This year I decided to mix it up. My dad chose the route: the Nipmunk Trail, which is 34.5 meandering miles of blue-blazed trails throughout Connecticut. We picked up the trail right down the road from UConn and started on our hike. Since we got about 9 inches (literally) of rain last week, there were some really muddy parts and lots of small streams that we had to find ways to cross. I, of course, would find the most narrow part of the stream with a big rock in the middle to make a safe crossing. My dad, on the other hand, would tightrope walk across a thin (and seemingly unreliable) fallen tree or branch. Luckily he made it every time, but I was completely fine taking the “safe route”.
We walked about 3 miles out, seeing a bunch of cool things: We crossed over a little bridge with a HUGE crayfish on it. It was dead, but it was still cool…taz thought so too. There was also a lot of huge trees that were uprooted and had fallen over. Taz had a great time swimming in the river next to the trail, but at times seemed a bit stressed because of the currant.
Finally we made it to the Gurleyville Gristmill. I’ve never heard of this gristmill before, my pops discovered it on one of his long bike rides around the state, so that is where we hiked to. Come to find out the Gurleyville Gristmill is the state’s only remaining stone grist mill and was built back in the 1720’s – that’s almost 300 years ago!! I guess my gram is right – they just don’t make things to last like they did “back then”. Another interesting fact: the mill was operated for years by the family of Wilbur Cross, a former Connecticut governor. We were able to go inside and check it out.
After we made it back to the car, we ended our afternoon with a trip over to the UConn Dairy Bar. The UConn Dairy Bar sells ice cream, and other dairy products, produced by the UConn Creamery, and has been doing so since the early 1900’s. As to “not spoil our dinner” we each only had one scoop, but man-o-man was that enough. I couldn’t have eaten two scoops if I tried!! I got Cake Batter ice cream, and my dad got Toasted Almond Amaretto and both were delicious.
We had such a great day, I’m thinking we should not wait until next Father’s Day to do it again!!
Posted on June 17, 2013, in Hikes and tagged Connecticut, creamery, CT, Gristmill, Gurleyville, Gurleyville Gristmill, hikes, Mansfield, Nimpunk Trail, snake, uconn, uconn ice cream bar, University of Connecticut, wilbur cross. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.