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Hammonasset in September [PHOTOS]

Now is a great time to visit Hammonasset Beach State Park: The weather is fine and there's no admission fee between Labor Day and Memorial Day.

Now that Labor Day has passed and summer's winding down, it's the perfect time to visit , just down the road between Madison and Clinton, especially since there's no charge to get in between Labor Day and Memorial Day.

My husband and I decided to take advantage of the weather and the free admission, so last Monday we got in the car and drove along the scenic route instead of jumping onto I-95. The sun kept us nicely warm as we ate lunch at the giant Pavilion, but the sea breeze was brisk; it didn't seem to bother the seagulls, dragonflies and Monarch butterflies that floated all around us as we walked along the shoreline and the trails that snake around the far end near Meigs Point Nature Center.

We made some interesting discoveries: giant trees washed ashore (probably from a year ago when blew through here); a large medicine wheel and heart made from beach rocks; and quite a few plants - goldenrod, wild rose and honeysuckle - putting out their last blooms of the year.

It's quite an adventure, venturing out into the natural world, but well worth the effort. Just being there does a body good - and it's a healing place for the spirit as well.

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Steve from SAAC September 18, 2012 at 07:56 AM
You just have to keep those old VWs out of snow (read: "sand and salt," when it comes to CT roads during snow season anyway), otherwise they *rust* like crazy! Thanks and keep up the good work recognizing & spotlighting our local natural treasures, TJ! Enjoyed browsing CJP's wonderful galleries also--positively beautiful!
T.J. Buckley Googins September 18, 2012 at 12:04 PM
my pleasure, christopher - i love nature photography and i like how you frame clouds, trees, etc - if you aren't already doing it, you could write your own blog, photo-essay style - the more, the merrier! thanks - see you on the Patch! TJ Buckley Googins
Pem McNerney September 18, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Thanks TJ and Chris! Beautiful!
T.J. Buckley Googins September 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM
when i owned my Beetles i lived in Fla - i also had a VW van for a while - miss that, too! chistopher has some great shots of hamannassett - i liked the expansive feel of your shots, too! thanks - see you next time on the Patch! TJ Buckley Googins
T.J. Buckley Googins September 19, 2012 at 02:08 PM
thank you very much for stopping by and leaving such a nice remark! TJ Buckley Googins

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