Snowshoeing at Randall’s Farm Preserve
The Sunday right after the big storm, I really wanted to get out and snowshoe, but since the plows hadn’t been through yet, we were forced to stick to the road right around our home. However, the following weekend, there was still plenty of snow, and we scoured the Aspetuck Land Trust’s site to look for a preserve that would have two main qualities: 1. Be relatively flat, and 2. Have decent parking. The criteria for flat was driven by the limited snowshoeing stamina of our five-year-old son, Avery. A good parking situation was critical as we were not comfortable leaving our car on the side of a barely-plowed road. We ended up at Randall’s Farm, a large open space with several fields and a small parking lot.
We started in the (very unplowed) parking lot and put on our snow shoes. The downside of wide open space is a lack of trail markers, and the map I printed out and clung to throughout the hike was useless as we never knew where we were or whether we were on a trail at all.
We started out in a big circle around the field to get used to being on the snowshoes, but as is typical with every hike we go on, Avery was drawn to the water. He kept searching for streams and ponds, and when the ice made it impossible for him to throw sticks in the water, he simply decided to use the stick to bang on the ice and break it into small chunks. I always marvel at the effort we, as parents, put into finding activities for our kids, and all they really want is to throw sticks in the water.
First I thought I wanted a preserve with more trees, but given that the trails couldn’t be seen at all, we quickly realized that there’s no way we could have seen the trails, so the wide openness of Randall’s Farm was really a benefit.
A few notes if you’re considering doing a similar activity: