Going to Massachusetts

Trip Start Jun 13, 2009
Trip End Jun 20, 2009

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Today, I plan for us to go to some sites in Massachusetts.  First, we eat at Dot's Restaurant and again, after looking at the menu, have the Berry, Berry, Berry Pancakes.  They are again delicious. 

We stop in North Adams to go to the Natural Bridge State Park.  There is a naturally formed white marble arch over Hudson Brook.  Glacial potholes are present in the marble.  The rock formations are estimated to be 550 million years old  Writer Nathaniel Hawthorne visited here in 1838.  The park has the only marble dam in the US, and the dam was man made.  This area was a major marble quarry from 1810 to 1947.  There are carvings in the rocks from as early as 1837.

We tried to hike the Cascades Trail to a waterfall, but due to the rainfall, Notch Brook is too heavy with water.  We turned around as we did not want to fall in the brook and get wet.

We are driving to Shelburne Falls, MA to view the Bridge of Flowers, "the only one of its kind in the world."  Over 500 varieties of annuals and perennials are planted and tended by a full time and part time gardener and local volunteers.  In 1908 a trolley bridge was built over the Deerfield River between the towns of Shelburne and Buckland.  The trolley bridge was abandoned in 1928.  In 1929, Antoinette and Walter Burnham proposed the idea and transformed the structure into a flower bridge.  Many tourists come here to see the bridge in early spring to late fall.  Shelburne Falls and Buckland offer small-town charm and coffee and ice cream shops, art galleries, and boutiques.

We saw a demonstration of glass blowing in the Angelic Glass Studio and Gallery.

Next, we walked to Salmon River to view the dam and glacial potholes, another thing that Shelburne Falls is known for.  The glacial potholes vary in size from 6 inches to 39 feet in diameter, the latter being the world's largest pothole of record.
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