Today I headed out again with my friend Mike. We decided to do a little hiking and visit Mt. Wachusett. Although I've been there before briefly it was more a passing by trip so this was my first time walking the trails. Mike insisted the trails were great to run on and I was more worried about my footing. Of course I also wanted to enjoy the paths and scenery. We passed several wood peckers, tons of mosquitos and some people with their dogs on our way up the mountain. For me the summit was the most interesting part. Although, the paths lead us up, down and through the woods.
This is the entrance/exit area.
This the visitor center. You can already see the interesting clouds formations building up.
Much of the path looked like this with a few areas steeper and others with more rocks.
I just liked the patch of color amongst the rocks.
At the top of the mountain there were some towers and even air traffic control type towers as well. This small pond was neat and was filled with Koi fish.
This building reminds me of an observatory.
This is the building on the opposite side of the pond. I made it black and white to make it a tad more dramatic.
Walking over to the summit you get to appreciate this kind of view. You can see the tops of the tree line and then rolling hills in the distance. Mike said Boston is in that direction, but I don't know anyone who can see that far.
I really liked the sky so I took this one in portrait mode to get some more in the frame.
This one is standing a little further back. You can see two sitting areas where you can sit, relax and enjoy the view.
This family arrived shortly after and thought this might make for an interesting photo.
To the left of that peaceful scene there was a small crew working on this antenna. This worker was easily 100 ft up. Smile for the camera!
If you walk around that antenna you'll arrive at this ski lift. I don't ski, but Mike was telling me about his times going down this mountain and dislocating his shoulder in the process.
At this point we were both pretty hungry so we took the shorter trail down to entrance. I plan on coming back and spending more time walking the trails slowly. I wish I had brought my macro lens as there were lots of small things to photograph along the way.