Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Connecticut College Arboretum in New London, Connecticut. The Connecticut College Arboretum is an Arboretum and collection of botanical gardens. It provides opportunities for research, teaching, conservation, education and recreation.
We had an eccentric Adventure to the Connecticut College Arboretum. I had heard about the Arboretum back on our last visit to the area and was quite excited to head back to New London. After some confusion with parking, we eventually arrived on Williams Street and parked at the gate entry. Soon after heading in there was a map on a kiosk, but it did not have a detailed trail routes so we decided to wander with no specific plan. We soon arrived at the Azalea garden, finding pink, orange, red, and various other colors. From there we came upon a pond, hearing the bullfrogs chirping loudly, and birds singing. We located a dock-like area and of course had to head out to the end. Wilma seemed slightly uneasy at the shaking of the dock, but overall was quite brave and curious at this floating feature. There were lily pads throughout, and rocks protruding. After exploring the pond we headed on to the trails.
I loved the trails at the Arboretum, feeling as though we were transferred into another environment. Along the trail we found large boulders, views from atop of a ravine, a dock like boardwalk through a bog, and lots of greenery and trees. Although I found the Trails a bit confusing we always ended up figuring out where we had been and where to go next. There were numbers on several parts of the trail, but I was not sure what they were indicating, my guess is a self-guided tour. We walked, walked, and attempted to traverse all the trails we could find.
After enjoying endless walking we found various areas of the Arboretum including the wildflower garden, and the conifer collection. I actually found myself appreciating not having a map as we never knew what we might find around the corner. Wilma enjoyed a nice long hike and as always was eager for some exercise and new terrain. We spent about two and a half hours at this spectacular Arboretum. Definitely a fun place to explore (Rating: 4).