The Mt Tom figure eight hike on which I discover that trail running is not as crazy as it seems

Yesterday was a strange day. I woke up feeling lousy—sorta achey and stuffed up—and it was unseasonably cool and deeply overcast. I was pretty grumpy for some indefinable reason through the whole morning, made worse by the fact that a certain someone discouraged me from making a pie, because Calories. But then, in the mid … Continue reading The Mt Tom figure eight hike on which I discover that trail running is not as crazy as it seems

Long Mountain in Holyoke State Park

To take advantage of the killer June weather we've been having, I went out today for parts unknown (to me, anyway). I picked my trail from Hiking the Pioneer Valley: Long Mountain in Holyoke State Park. Unfortunately, I could not follow the exact hike in the book, which is a circuit. On the current map … Continue reading Long Mountain in Holyoke State Park

Smitten with the East Branch Trail, Westfield River in Chesterfield

I paid a second visit to the Chesterfield Gorge and Westfield River on an unseasonably warm spring day recently. It was just as nice as my first visit, and the 3 miles up, 3 miles back, clicked by in a minute. Right around that 3 mile mark there is a great spot to sit and … Continue reading Smitten with the East Branch Trail, Westfield River in Chesterfield