Daily Archives: December 8, 2016

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: Ghost of the Meadowlands


Wandering the trails and pathways of the Meadowlands as a young boy was what I loved more than anything in the world. So despite it being a soggy, windy morning, I would start this memorable Saturday many years ago no different, by exploring the marshland trails not far from my home.

I can remember as if it were yesterday, walking quickly through a trail with phragmites higher than my head as they bent over in the wind, the crisp, cold breeze in my face and the wet, muddy ground which allowed me to walk silently into an open clearing. There perched on top of an old snag no more than 20 feet away was a stately Gray raptor. We looked into each other’s eyes, not sure who was more startled.

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