Friday, July 29, 2022

Highland Lake Trail


Another day, another trail. This time it's at Highland Lakes, a reservoir located just 4.8 miles from Ashfield, Massachusetts.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Hadley Depot


Walked this day on the rail trail from the west side of the Connectictut River east as far as Hadley Depot before turning around and heading back across the river. According to Wikipedia, Hadley was first settled in 1659 and was officially incorporated in 1661. The former Norwottuck was renamed Hadleigh, an ancient market town in Suffolk, England.

Sunday, July 24, 2022



Each year, as I revisit the Norwottuck Rail Trail Bridge near Northampton, I always stop to take a look at what work has been completed on the nearby culverts. This has been an enormous project! So I'm amazed that I cannot find more information about it online. More work remains to be done above the site shown here, but this lower section now finally appears to be nearing completion.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Wednesday, July 20, 2022



Hilda & Morris Golden Trial, Amherst

Monday, July 18, 2022

Weather Observatory


The Blue Hill Weather Observatory is only steps away from Eliot Tower and is also receiving some long-awaited renovations.

Sunday, July 17, 2022



That's Boston to your left and the harbor to your right as seen from the top of Eliot Tower.

Saturday, July 16, 2022



Eliot Tower, a 35-foot-tall (11 m) stone structure, was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) between 1933 and 1944.  

The tower offers a view of about 270°, including all of Boston, Boston Harbor, and much of the South Shore. 

Friday, July 15, 2022

Eliot Tower

 Built in 1904 as a tribute to Charles Eliot the famous Landscape Architect who was instrumental in preserving the Blue Hills Reservation, little has been done since to maintain the Eliot Tower and Memorial Bridge. A complete restoration, however, is now, finally, in progress.


Thursday, July 14, 2022



So part of my reason for wanting to hike the Red Dot Loop Trail was to see how some of the mitigation efforts were coming along, in particular the installation of these jute mats intended to control the erosion that had been taking place where the trail meets the so-called Summit Road. Unfortunately, most of the seed that had been sown underneath has failed to produce, probably because this was done late last fall (November:?)--not the ideal time to be sowing seed in Massachusetts. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Red Dot


Once off the plane, I made a bee line toward the Blue Hills Reservation, a 7,000-acre state park in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. I had heard about some work being done on towers there and I wanted to go see it for myself. To get there, I hiked the rather prosaically named Red Dot Loop Trail.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022


A view of the coast just prior to landing at Boston Logan International Airport.

I was here over the Fourth of July, among other things, to do some hiking.

Monday, July 11, 2022

Flight 1182

Despite what we read and hear about flight cancellations and delays, some flights are happening without incident, like my recent flight from Richmond to Boston. Not only was it on time, but we actually were able to board and leave slightly ahead of schedule.

Sunday, July 10, 2022



Colonial Williamsburg garden

Saturday, July 9, 2022


Colonial Williamsburg