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Housatonic Meadows State Park

We are halfway through the DEEP Sky’s the Limit challenge for 2018!

Beth Lapin

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(Text from the DEEP website)Located in the rock-strewn valley of the Housatonic River amid the rugged hills of the northwestern uplands, Housatonic Meadows is an ideal setting for a variety of outdoor recreational activities. Camping under the tall pines on the riverbank gives the overnight visitor a genuine back-to-nature feeling. The clear, cold river water also provides a fine opportunity for fly fishermen to test their skills on trout and bass. A two-mile stretch of river (including the park shore) is limited to fly fishing. In 1927 Housatonic Meadows was established as a state park.

Housatonic Meadows 1 At the trailhead

Housatonic Meadows 2 Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) along the way

Housatonic Meadows 3 At the overlook of the Housatonic River Valley

Housatonic Meadows 4 A group of Yale students hiking the AT

Housatonic Meadows 5 Fellow DEEP Sky’s the Limit hiker Jim with Cherry

Gosenette 1 Followed by lunch at the Goshette

Gosenette 12 Our waitress understood my taking home our left over french fries for my…

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The End

I’m glad to have finished this year’s challenge and love that people from so many different countries visited my blog. I love the globalness of this challenge and the way it engages people with so many ideas.

Until next year.


What does your dream house look like? Where is it located? If you are happy where you live, what could you do inside or out to make it more of a reflection of your creativity or what’s important to you? Use Zillow to look at literally millions of places around the country to open yourself to new options.

My example: my daughter lives in a subdivision with some similar model homes. When those are on the market, I look at their photos to see what others have done with a similar interior and yard.

How did/will you stretch?


A little bit of gratitude goes a long way. Sometimes giving thanks becomes routine or meaningless, but it’s fun and supportive to add it back into our lives.

My example: I just started an exercise class at the community center. Although I haven’t noticed others doing this, I thank the instructor as I leave each time.

How did/will you stretch?

[In the spirit of providing daily commentary, I’m adding digraphs, those two letters that unite to consistently form a single sound, to my A to Z posts.]


Whether it’s a craft thread or a story, a yarn can help us stretch. Tell a tall tale, embellish it as much as you can and see where it leads you. Or purchase some yarn and a pattern to knit or crochet something new. And if you get really stuck, use it to play with the cat!

My example: recently I used reclaimed yarn to crochet a shawl for my daughter. The pattern was online and slightly unclear. In addition, it took more yarn than indicated, so we had to figure out how to address the shortage. This project is still incomplete….

How did/will you stretch?


We all know the importance of keeping a healthy weight and being active. But how to motivate ourselves to x-ercise? Find a buddy, pay for a class, join a challenge, watch online. And try a short commitment, say three weeks.

My example: I decided to try out the exercise class at the nearby community center. Programs are free and, my first time, I really felt like a fish out of water.  But I kept going and have found a few members who are at my level and I’m even getting to know their names and recognize them at other town events.

How did/will you stretch?


We live in a society that drives. Anywhere, everywhere. I know people (who are overweight, as you can imagine) who drive down their driveway to get their mail. So, stop and walk somewhere different or in a different way.

My example: my walking friend shared a suggestion from his physical therapist to walk with your arms at your side, palm turned forward. This rolls your shoulders back, keeps your head and neck upright, and just feels really different. I love it!

How did/will you stretch?