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Steve Fagin

Arrr! The Thimble Islands’ best treasure isn’t buried

Only 23 of the Thimbles are inhabited, some with only one house and others with multiple dwellings, bringing the total number of residences to 81

Carol Sommer

Mutineers and missionaries

William Lay was trapped on a sparsely populated island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, over 7,000 miles (as the crow flies) from Saybrook.

Steve Fagin

The legacy of Ledyard’s Great Oak

With miles of hiking trails, a historic home and handsome garden park, this swath of forest, streams and wetlands comprises an expansive corridor of contiguous open space.

Steve Fagin

Sink or swim: Experts bracing for climate change

Imagine floodwater and high tides regularly inundating downtown Mystic.

Robert Tougias

The invasion of roseate spoonbills

Spoonbills are heron-like wading birds that resemble the flamingo and behave somewhat like the rare wood storks of south Florida.

Steve Fagin

Keeping a safe distance while paddling past Plum Island

While kayaking last week through a churning, tidal rip just off New York’s Plum Island, site of a top-secret, animal disease laboratory, I jokingly suggested that we seek refuge ashore. “Except,” I added, “we’re probably already in someone’s...





Steve Fagin

Traipsing through the ‘Rhode Island Desert’

It felt as if we were in a scene from “Lawrence of Arabia” rather than on a hike in the Ocean State.

Dr. Jon Gaudio

As time goes by

Among other things, when I turned 50 and couldn’t see what I was reading, I learned that this ageing thing has challenges.

Steve Fagin

Navigating Newport by kayak

Scuba divers outnumbered kayakers in a tranquil grotto, where jagged cliffs that surround a crystal-clear pool evoked a setting more reminiscent of Bermuda than Rhode Island.

Steve Fagin

Brush with nature: Portrait of an artist in his landscape

Lush, sprawling gardens and fruit trees that surround artist David Brown’s home in Old Saybrook supply much of his food.

Steve Fagin

Hiking to Massachusetts on the Nipmuck Trail

We were about to reach the northern terminus of the Nipmuck Trail, a 40-mile footpath traversing one of the state’s most rugged, remote regions — the so-called “Quiet Corner” of northeastern Connecticut

Carol Sommer

The bodyguard and the biscuit baker

During the Revolution, private citizens foiled the schemes of spies and potential assassins. A a young soldier from New London is an example.