10/17/2016 - 10/18/2016
Sunday night, we stayed in North Adams, MA, which is close to the highest point in Massachusetts. We knew we wanted to go up the mountain the next morning, so we just picked an airbnb close by. We chose to stay in a historic style of building called a Flatiron. They are built in sort of a triangular shape. Our place was in the front of the building on the second floor. Due to space restrictions, the layout of the inside of the apartment was odd. We had the place to ourselves. On the first picture, our kitchen and bathroom took up the space from the purple fire escape door to the front of the building. In the second picture, our sleeping room & living room combo took up the space of the first five windows.
After breakfast, we drove to the top of Mount Greylock. This time, cars could drive all the way to the top. The road was really well maintained, and it was a relatively easy drive. Beautiful trees, too. When we got close to the top, however, the fog was so thick that we couldn't see anything. Then, we couldn't even walk to the actual summit due to construction. Oh well. Close enough!
Then we headed to a bike rental shop to pick up bikes to ride a scenic rail trail bike path through the Berkshire mountain range. It was 11 miles one-way. There was a huge lake that ran along side a good portion of the trail. Here are a few pictures of that.
We had lunch at a farm market on our way to try candlepin bowling. The pins are tall and narrow, and you play with a smaller ball that does not have holes for your fingers. You get to roll three times per turn instead of two. The place reminded me a lot of Pastime bowling alley on 2nd Street in Marietta. If you've ever been there, just picture that! It was in a historic downtown, upstairs, and nothing was automated. We were the only people in there since it was the middle of the afternoon! It was definitely more difficult than 10-pin bowling, but we had fun! The scores were pretty pitiful, but Jeremy did score over 100 on one game, and I managed to knock all of the pins down in one roll, which I was convinced could not happen.
We headed to our next airbnb which is out in the country on a small farm with a few sheeps and a goat. We are staying with a family. The hosts are staying in another house on the property, and we are staying in the main house with one of their daughters. We are in the master bedroom, and it is a really nice place! It has been a good experience to talk with the hosts, which is something we haven't had happen much up to this point. They gave us local restaurant recommendations, as well as suggested things to do. Last night, one of their suggestions was to go to a historic Inn in town and listen to the live singer they have every night. So we went there for dinner and listened to the music for awhile.
This morning we went to breakfast at a place they recommended, and it was really good! They roasted their own coffee, and Jeremy was loving the fancy coffee making method (Chemex) that they used to make his coffee. We walked around a little bit afterwards, and found an old mill building with these guys hanging around...
After breakfast, we went down to the river that borders their property and went kayaking on their 2-person kayak. It was a nice, tranquil place to spend the morning. We could not go very far in either direction due to a dam on one side and a downed tree on the other, but we were out for an hour or so.
We did not do much else today. We weren't in the mood to hike, and that is basically all there is to do in the Berkshires. We found these pretty trees...
And an old fancy wooden chess set in the Inn we went to last night. He taught me to play chess, and I won!