It was a beautiful autumn day, and I decided to shoot up to Litchfield and the White Memorial Conservation Center for some quiet paddling. It was cool, but calm, and we had the Bantam River to ourselves. It was one of those trips where one could just float and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. If you've never been there, the White Memorial has some of the best quiet water kayaking in the state, and the surrounding forest is criss-crossed with 35 miles of trails and bike paths. It's worth the hour's drive.
The blue heron that we came across several times did not seem to be as spooked by us as others I have encountered. We would get pretty close before he would relocate a short distance ahead, where we would meet him again.
Little Pond, about a mile upstream from Bantam Lake, is a refuge for herons, swans, seagulls, and other birds, as well as beavers, who built lodges and dams along the river.
Take a ride up there one day and get in your share of hiking, fishing, biking or kayaking. Go to this link for more info: