01/16/17 6:00am
Credit: Ben Smith, courtesy

Callie Atkins and Glenn Waddington during their around-the-Island trek. (Credit: Ben Smith, courtesy)

We all know how long it takes to drive across Shelter Island from north to south on Route 114. Some of us know there are 21.5 miles of trails meandering in and around Mashomack Preserve.

But have you ever wondered how big Shelter Island really is?

Glenn Waddington certainly did, and it’s a question that he puzzled over for quite some time. (more…)

11/06/16 9:22am
Nostrand Parkway, Shelter Island

Nostrand Parkway, mid-afternoon in November. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy)

With the forecast for the next several days dialed into crisp and bright autumn weather, it’s a great time to get out on foot or on a bike and see the spectacular fall foliage gracing Shelter Island.

And if you’re one of those people who tend to avoid walks in the woods on sketchy paths — every step could be one that contains a twisted ankle from a rock or fallen branch — and don’t feel like preparing for an overland trek, then we have just the thing. It’s about a 1.5-mile walk on a paved road that contains some off the best autumn scenery on the Island. (more…)

10/30/16 1:57pm
Nicoll Family Cemetery Machomack

The path taken. Up this trail and hidden in a shelter of trees llies the Nicoll Family Cemetery in Mashomack. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy)

A walk in Mashomack, a preserve of 2,100 acres of woods, creeks and meadows and 12 miles of shoreline, is a good idea anytime of year.

But the autumn on Shelter Island, with crisp weather, deep skies and trees alight in their seasonal glory, is an extra special time for a good hike to experience days that are like a hinge on a door, swinging the season wide open.

And looking for a mostly hidden and private cemetery, which we did recently, even around Halloween, doesn’t have to be spooky. It’s a good excuse to stretch your legs and experience part of the rich history and culture of Shelter Island in the bargain. (more…)