Following a morning walk through Central Park on Sunday, I took a train back to Connecticut and drove up to Meriden's Hubbard Park.
The trail up was a bit disappointing at first. It was very flat and ran along a highway, but then you hit this footbridge that brings you over the highway and closer towards the ridge and it gets much more interesting. You cross a wooden bridge, pass a natural spring, and then the trial gets very steep, very fast.
The view from the top is one of the best I've seen in Connecticut. There's a plaque there that claims the tower has the distinction of being the highest point within 25 miles of the coast between Florida and Maine, but I've read that this isn't true. Still, it's an amazing view. You can see Sleeping Giant State Park, New Haven, and the outline of Long Island far off in the distance. If you're not a hiker but still want to check it out, there's a road that will take you straight to the tower.
I've posted more info about Castle Craig and Hubbel Park including additional photos and a trail map here.
This past weekend I had the privilege of attending the “Change Begins Within” benefit concert with headliners Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at Radio City Hall in NYC. The show featured performances by Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, Donovan, Paul Horn, Moby, Ben Harper and others. There were even some unannounced people on stage such as Mike Love (who became teary eyed while reflecting about their famous 1968 trip to India), Jerry Seinfeld, and Howard Stern.
There were some really cool performances during the opening acts, such as Eddie Vedder’s experimental performance of “Arc”, as well as his collaboration with Ben Harper for a cover of the Queen/David Bowie song “Under Pressure”. But for me, the key moment of night was when Paul McCartney introduced Ringo as the one and only “Billy Sheers” for a side by side performance of “With A Little Help From My Friends”. McCartney performed one of his typical sets, although it was a bit short. The only unusual song was “Cosmically Conscious”, a song he wrote while in India during 1968.
Afterwards, my friends and I headed out to a pub to finish out the night with a few drinks. Matt’s uncle joined us and offered let us crash at his apartment near Central Park for the night. This led to another eventful day, but I’ll post about that tomorrow.
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