Several weeks ago, our daughter Faith and I decided to go for a day hike during the week she was to be on vacation (last week). I wanted to “hike” the Holyoke, Massachusetts canal system. It’s about 3.5 mi (6 km), paved and flat. Faith has done urban hikes such as this with me before. I also suggested that it might be nice to get an areal view of Holyoke. Faith determined that Mt. Tom was the nearest peak, but it was questionable whether we would be able to see Holyoke from the summit.
It didn’t matter. Hiking with Faith is fun. She’s a very experienced hiker, but she is patient, prepared and informed. Hiking to the summit of Mt. Tom was actually well described in a book of New England hikes that Faith had. On the way to the parking area, she read several key points. The trail is 1.2 mi (2 km) long. The summit is 1,202′ (366m) high. Faith expected an elevation gain for us between 700′ (213m) and 900′ (274m). That didn’t sound so bad. Being in deep lush woods was a wonderful experience.
The first sign that the article in the book was short of accurate was when we passed a “glacial bolder.” The book said we would pass that after about 3/10ths of a mile. Faith estimated that we had already walked 7/10ths of a mile as we passed the bolder.
A while later, we came to a vista where we could look down on the valley below. I jokingly said to Faith,
“We could share a picture from here and say it was the summit – who would know?”
Yes, yes, we would. We continued onward and upward. Reaching the top did feel good. We got a glimpse of Holyoke on the way, but the view in that direction from the summit was obscured by trees. The view of Easthampton, MA was spectacular.
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