East Rock State Park, New Haven, CT
Every morning on my drive to work, there’s a tall monument noticeably peeping out from a mound of green in the distance, known as part of East Rock State Park. For the longest time, I have been curious about seeing that monument up close. Even our custodian at work has been encouraging me to visit East Rock State Park, and who can say no to the man that tidies your office every week?
After touring Yale University’s campus the other week, we felt inspired to drive to the edge of the city and hike up to where the monument can be found.
You may have notice that none of my pictures involve actual trails. Well, it turns out that we accidentally drove up the entire main hiking trail, thinking that we would reach the trailhead eventually! The trail was super wide and perfectly paved like a regular street, which confused us. By the time we reached the top, it was too late. All I could think of was the scene from Fairly Odd Parents, when Timmy Turner and his parents visit Escalator Land, and he asks, “when do we get to the ride?” then his parents shout, “this is the riiiide, yipppeeee!”
Once at the top, we made a beeline right for the monument. After reading up on the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, we turned our attention to the wide view of the city skyline of New Haven and its waterfront. We admired the view, pointed out a few buildings we had recognized, and had a snack before packing up.
It’s not often that we see large or tall buildings in suburban Connecticut, so seeing a view of the city was nice for a change. Although our favorite views will always be of the mountains in Costa Rica!
What is your favorite type of view?
If you like forests, read more about hiking in Connecticut.
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