Western MA Wanderings: Rivers & Roads

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What exactly does a sugarloaf look like? While my trip up to the Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation in South Deerfield didn’t quite give me the answer I was looking for (I’ll leave that to Google), it did turn out to be a wonderful morning out that didn’t require too much driving. This small sandstone summit offers a gorgeously sweeping view of the whole “Valley”–even if it doesn’t have too much in common visually with sugarloaves themselves.

(In fact, the name actually seems to have derived from the fact that it’s made up of a rock called “Sugarloaf Arkose”–the more you know!)

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When I’m caught up in the routine of going back and forth between work and home, I often forget that I live in such a beautiful, mountainous region. From this little overlook on the world, I could see nothing but hills and mountains stretching into the distance, including some familiar faces like the Holyoke Range and the Notch!

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Though September is finally beginning to settle in, it might as well have been spring from the looks of these flowers! These aren’t quite the fall colors that I was expecting to see just yet, but they will certainly brighten up the mountainside until the leaves begin to change.

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The Route 116 bridge over the Connecticut River seemed so charming and small from above, and there was a kind of beauty to the way in which it reached across the river–but I could hear the loud rumblings of cars even from (as my fifteen-year-old The Postal Service-loving self might say) such great heights.

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