Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Meeting new friends

As the weather gets a bit warmer it's good to get out in the fresh air and socialize. I've already met quite a few new friends. Above, the Swan family has relocated from Cove Island to the marsh on the Holyoke side of the river. Mrs. Swan says, "Property taxes are lower here."

Mr. Rooster doesn't feel he should be limited to just mornings. "If I want to express myself, even if it's 3 p.m., who's to stop me?"

When asked why the Rogers brothers, the pickling company from Lunenburg, Mass. stopped making pickled lamb tongues I received a blank stare.

The water is still cold. But we like to wear bathing suits under our clothes just in case. Layers are appropriate for spring.

Mr. Grackle isn't sure about the seed mix. "Check the expiration dates if you buy from Ocean State Job Lots," I was told. Good advice.

This group meets every Wednesday for canasta. "We could use a sixth," said Mrs. Littlehorse.

It seems I ruffled someones feathers when I mentioned the 50 states quarter program.

The Blue Jay twins just discovered they were adopted. "I always thought we were different," Billy Blue Jay said.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Time for lunch!

It's important to have a good breakfast. If you eat well in the morning, you won't be so hungry in the afternoon.

Seems like someone skipped breakfast and just wants to sit around.

Pretty sure I saw something tasty up river. Near the old rope swing.

Nah. Probably gone by now.

Is that a field mouse near the danger sign? Yup!

Come and get it!

Our new address:
Mr., Mrs. B. Eagle
Near the spillway by the bridge
Holyoke, Mass. 01040

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The road less traveled: Lithia Springs Reservoir

Setting out on trail adventures we often want to go up and see views. But today we decided to take a long loop around to visit Lithia Springs.

Taking a right at Dry Brook trail we knew it would be a long way. But we had plenty of water and a nice map.

Glorious sunshine. With no leaves on the trees the light was bright.

Dry Brook trail was wide. Perhaps it was an old horse cart road? We imagined traveling this road with our cart, carrying vegetables to the market in Granby.

Our map told us left, the blue blaze, Black Rock trail, would take us up to Taylor's notch. Right, the yellow blaze, Lithia Springs trail, would take us to the reservoir.
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” -- Robert Frost

The Department of Conservation and Recreation did a great job cleaning up after the October snowstorm. Thanks guys!

We're getting close! Nice shots. Good aim.

Finally. Lithia Springs Reservior. And we had it all to ourselves.

We had to cross this small stream so we made a little a step-stone bridge. The rocks were easy to find.

Author takes time out to wave hello.

Time to rest and drink some water before the long trek back.

Decided to take the Lithia Outlook trail back. This way, we'd get some views.

It's a tough climb. But we still have water!

Made it to the top! The reservoir sure looks small from up here. Now, time to go home and get some dinner.

Saturday, March 3, 2012