The title is a bit of hyperbole. I can explain. This past Saturday, our daughter Faith and I were considering options for celebrating my birthday. We decided to hike along the Windsor Locks Canal. We did this last year at about this time, probably for the same reason. The reason I say it was the last chance, is because next Saturday, the canal path will be closed. Not the entire path, but the section we like to hike.
Some of you have heard this before. Feel free to skip to the gallery, or the next blog on your reading list, if you like. The reason the southern half will close is to give a nesting pair of bald eagles some privacy. The path will reopen on April 14th, unless the happy couple has created an eaglet. In that case, the path remains closed until the eaglet(s) fledge. Last year, the nest failed and the path opened in April. In 2019, the nest was a success, and the path didn’t reopen until mid-June.
The canal was built in the late 1820s and 1830s to allow shipping to avoid the rapids in the Connecticut River near Enfield. You can read more in one of my earlier posts if you like. The “path” was originally used by mules and horses to pull the canal boats through the canal. Today, the canal is maintained by Ahlstrom Corporation as a water source for a gas-fired co-generation power plant. The canal path is part of a State Park. All in all, it’s a good thing.
Saturday was a beautiful, unseasonably warm, bright sunny day. This gave me the opportunity to take my favorite kind of pictures – reflections. There was still enough fall color along the canal to make for some interesting images. And, on our way back to our car, for the first time ever, we saw the eagles. According to some of the birders that were on the scene, they (the eagles) appear to be rebuilding their nest.
The second part of my birthday celebration was a conference video call with Faith and my brother during which we watched the Pittsburgh Steelers barely eke out a win over what should have been a hapless and hobbled Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. That’s it for my weekend. I hope yours was a good one, and I hope you’re off to a great week.
By the way, this is my 1,500th post on this blog. I think it’s fitting that in includes family members and references to my old and new home towns. As always, thanks so much for visiting!