One thing that I like to do is combine my road trips with hikes. Sometimes, I get the chance to blend the two interests together, whether it be a hike down an abandoned stretch of road, or even taking a hiking trail to get an unique view of a road from a different angle. Recently, I took a short hike on the Appalachian Trail in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, specifically from US 20 to I-90 in Becket, Massachusetts. The goal was to see the Massachusetts Turnpike from a different perspective after driving through Western Massachusetts for so many years. This was something that I had long wanted to do and decided to finally do it during a drive around the Berkshires.
It's not a far walk to get from the pull-off on US 20, just about a half mile. However, you do have to walk a little bit east from the pull-off to the stairs that will take you along the way. Then it's a short walk through some woods and a small stream to Greenwater Pond. From the pond, it's a quick shot over to the Mass Pike. Let's take a brief tour.
|Actually hiking the Appalachian Trail, if only for a bit.|
|Greenwater Pond. There was a passing rainstorm coming in behind me, so the sky is looking pretty dark.|
|We've arrived at the Massachusetts Turnpike. Currently looking towards the west at the westbound lanes.|
|The Appalachian Trail starts a loop under the overpass and then eventually up a slope to cross the highway.|
|Sign denoting that this is the Appalachian Trail crossing in Becket, Massachusetts. We're currently 14.7 miles away from the border with New York State.|
|Walking up to the overpass over the eastbound lanes. I didn't spend much time here as the rain was coming down pretty heavily at that point and I had neglected to bring my rain poncho.|
|Looking east at the eastbound lanes of the Mass Pike.|
|Starting to walk over the westbound overpass.|
|Getting welcomed to the Berkshires on the Mass Pike westbound.|
|Heading back to my car now that the rain is winding down. There's an earthen dam here at Greenwater Pond.|
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