Woman hiker in forest by sign near Quabbin ReservoirWe began our day heading out from Quabbin Reservoir, the largest inland body of water in Massachusetts. And guess what? It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable days on the trail, despite the fact that we were covering a lot of miles (about 23). That’s because while we had some big hills at the start and end of the day, the vast majority of the trail was undulating paths with good footing.

Yes, we did lose our way once, when we missed a turn. But we ended up on the road we needed to be on anyway. And while it was hot again, with temperatures in the 80s, it wasn’t too unbearable. Because every time we got too hot, the trail kindly tucked us into thick woods or a cool breeze would spring up. However, the gnats were annoying.

Leaving Quabbin Reservoir

Once we were back in our motel (Hampton Inn Hadley-Amherst) and all cleaned up, we drove over and picked up Parks. He was also staying in Hadley. So we all went out to eat at Texas Roadhouse, which gave us a free appetizer for staying at the Hampton Inn. The three of us all ordered steaks, of course, and enjoyed our onion blossom appetizer. During dinner, we got to know Parks better and learn about all of his adventures. It was a fun night.

Snowshoe and Stubs

Map Miles: 21.6
Map Miles to Date: About 194.9
iPhone Miles: 22.7
iPhone Miles to Date: 195.2
Steps: 52,931
Steps to Date: 498,038
Flights Walked: 86
Flights to Date: 1,837

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