A weekend hike yielded the raw material for several blog posts. A couple of them require some research. A couple are reserved for Thursdays ‘cuz, doors. But the hike itself is good to go. And, the best part, well, the best part for you, is that the photo captions explain the whole thing. Except for the very basic facts.
The hike was at the northern end of Shenipsit Forest, up to the observation tower at Soapstone Mountain. It isn’t much of a hike, and the tower is closed. When I invited my daughter, I described it as “baby hike” – she’s a serious hiker. A couple of miles, a few hundred feet of elevation gain, but it was fun and I got some interesting photos.
Oh, there’s a puzzle in the gallery for the cat lovers.
We could drive up, but what’s the fun in that?
The trail started out nice and easy. This summer’s heat and drought conditions have taken their toll on the trees.
This tree is hollow up to at least six feet.
There are several way to the top of Soapstone Mountain. In fact, you can drive. We chose the steepest hike.
It wasn’t blocking our path.
We took the “interpretive trail” which included a few descriptive placards.
This observation tower replaced a fire observation tower that had been built by the CCC in the ’30s. It’s closed for repairs.
This is looking up into western MA. Those are the Berkshires, where Faith has hiked on many occasions.
A lot of work went into that web.
This is a State Police radio tower. Not closed, but not really open.
I suggested that this is the international symbol for mermaid.