On Friday I went day-tripping again, this time to the Quabbin Reservoir in Belchertwon, MA. The story behind the creation of the Quabbin is an interesting one. A man-made reservoir, it was created in the 1930s by the contruction of two dams. The reservoir is fed by several branches of the Swift River and by the Ware River. Four towns were located when the Swift River Valley were flooded. That meant homes, businesses, roads, a railroad line, and over 6000 graves had to be moved. At the visitor center I read that Quabbin is an Indian word meaning the meeting of many waters. The reservoir has over 38 square miles of water surface! We had the best day of the week – earlier days of damp, rainy and chilly days gave way to sun and temperatures in the 70s. In addition to the Visitor Center we stopped later in the day at the watershed at the far northern point of the reservoir. And then on the way heading home we came across a farmers’ market in Petersham and had some time there too.
Here’s a sampling of some pictures from our outing – FB followers can see the larger complement in an album I will be posting. Hope you too, wherever you live, are drinking in the beauty of the colorful foliage around you. A short season, but an incredible gift.