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….
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.
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…
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)….