A few weeks ago, I shared some doors from an industrial area in nearby Enfield, Connecticut. The area is known as Hazardville, named after Augustus Hazard who operated a gunpowder manufacturing company in the 1800s. The mill was powered by water from the Scantic River, and the little valley in which that river runs is known as Powder Hollow. While few remnants of the gunpowder operation remain, Connecticut has established a small State Park where the factory buildings were, and they have blazed a hiking trail along Scantic River.
On Father’s Day, our daughter, Faith, was finishing a Wilderness Leadership course in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, so we weren’t able to get together. When she returned, she asked if we could have a “proper Father’s Day” the following weekend. I suggested that we could hike along that trail and visit Powder Hollow Brewery after our hike. After three days of wilderness hiking, Faith said: “as long as I don’t have to pack a keg into the woods, I’m good with that.”
Powder Hollow Brewery serves pints, flights and growlers, but no food, so we started our morning with a hearty breakfast (no pictures) and then headed for the park. The trail is only 2 miles (3.22 km) long, but we took advantage of a couple of side trails, one to get closer to the water and one because we always tend to ask, “I wonder where that goes?”
Even though it wasn’t a long hike, it was a warm-ish day and a flight of cold beers at the brewery’s rustic bar was a great way to cool down. They are renovating the brewery, so tours were not available – we might have to go back.
The rest of the story is told in the captions. If you’re interested, you can click on any photo to start a slide show, or just enjoy the collage.