With Her Head in the Clouds — ST4S/ROW80

Windy and cloudy...  on Greylock Mountain

Windy and cloudy… on Greylock Mountain

Yesterday we took a bit of a drive across the Massachusetts border to the little town of Williamstown and its friendly neighborhood mountains Greylock, Raimer and Smith Hill (where Petersburg Pass is located).  There are a bunch of wonderful hiking trails in the woods there.

There’s also a lighthouse on top of a mountain.  Not that you could tell yesterday….

The Greylock War Memorial Lighthouse

The Boodle didn’t mind–he was thrilled to be running in a “cloud”

This is more or less what we saw, as a cloud had decided to settle on top of the mountain for the afternoon.  It’s amazing how easily something as big as a lighthouse can hide in that much water vapor.

I took this at 1:30 in the afternoon.  Imagine what this must cloud cover could do to a small airplane at night.  Not that the Veteran’s Memorial Tower was really designed as a lighthouse, but for many years it was the brightest beacon for over 70 miles round it.  At the very least, its (nearly) perpetual light would have helped prevent someone from flying into the tower itself or any of the many television antennae that use Greylock as their transmission points.

In Bascom Lodge

Relaxing and playing games

Another thing about being on a windy cloud covered mountain that one might not know…  It’s cold.  Fortunately there was plenty of warmth in the Bascom Lodge (as well as very yummy ginger lemonade and maple cookies).  No fires were lit in the fireplace, but lots of people gathered around it anyway.

But as nice as the lodge was to spend a few moments in after the chill of the summit, we hadn’t gone to the mountain for crowds.  We’d gone to hike.  Since the observation deck of the Memorial was closed off for repairs, we quickly headed off to find a trailhead.  The Overlook Trail ended up being our best choice as it was on the sheltered side of the mountain.  Not even three steps into the tree cover and that sweatshirt I’d been desperately zipping up around my neck came off and got tied around my waist.

A mile and a quarter downhill, then back up…  It was a good two hours of pictures in the woods, occasional peeks into the Hopper (as the big conical hollow in Greylock is called), but very little “overlooking”.  The tree cover (and the tree color) was too omnipresent to  see far into the valley.

Another year, I guess…

ROW80

Meeting at the Reservoir

Meeting at the Reservoir

Not too much has happened since Wednesday’s check-in.  I’ve slacked off a bit on my plotting for Courting a Swan Song.  The editing of photos has gone well; I’ve averaged three pictures a day with extras today because I took so many images on the mountain yesterday.

What I haven’t done is finish my sponsor post for the ROW80 blog.  I have lost my notes somewhere along the way on my computer.  I’m making it my goal to finish the post by Friday.  That gives me a chance to get the other stuff done I need to do and lets me look over the finished piece after a day’s wait.

Just one more picture to enjoy (though, if you wish, I have uploaded a few to my Flickr feed finally)….

A "moss-tasche"

Look, Ma! A “moss-tache”!

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6 responses to “With Her Head in the Clouds — ST4S/ROW80

  1. Good job on becoming a sponsor this ROW, and thanks for stopping by my blog… Just returning the visit, and wishing you a productive week with regards to all your goals!

    Best wishes,
    Edward

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  2. <3! Such sweet pictures. And meeting a chow – THAT's bravery, right there!

    I had no idea these places were there, and so close. Methinks maybe we could give it a try – as the leaves are coming in, next spring.

    The lighthouse in the fog makes a lovely image, and stirs up story ideas aplenty.

    I think you did something as valuable as plotting. You'll come back to it richer for the experience! =)

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    • Thanks, Shan. Yes, that was bravery. It didn’t go quite as well as I think he hoped, but mostly because the owner didn’t want M playing with the dog and getting him riled up. Though both dog and M were quite happy.

      LOL! I’ve been trying to get you guys to come out with us to Greylock for a long time. One of my favorite waterfalls (The Deer Hill) is there… You know me and my love of mossy waterfalls. And there are so many sweet places to go sit out on the rocks and have the water flow past. Real backpack camping there too—so Jim might be interested too.

      And yeah, I think so too. I love heading out that way. One of my favorite things in the world…

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  3. Lovely photos! Western Massachusetts is so beautiful. You must’ve sent the fog west – the water tower near my workplace looked a lot like the lighthouse in your photo – and yes, well into the afternoon!

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    • Wow… I didn’t send the fog out west intentionally. Guess it was just your turn to borrow some “cloud cover”, Jennette.

      Thank you for the visit and the kind words about my photos.

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