Welcome everyone! Our 2012 Summer Excursion series recaps our experiences from June 3-?? by time and location, and should follow up with more detailed topics about finances, family and finesse. Please let me know if you would like more details about anything and I will do my best to work them in or reply personally.
D17: On Tuesday June 19th, my birthday, we packed up our trusty HighSpeed van in Rochester and drove through New York state to North Adams, MA, to be the guest of Jay Walsh of the Northern Berkshire Transition and his family. We had only ever had contact through the (R)Evolutions Per Minute Facebook page, prior to us pulling in his driveway.
D18: Jay arranged a bicycle tour of North Adams for us all, along with interviews with two key contributors within their cycling community for the documentary. He treated us to an afternoon at MassMOCA and a wonderful break at the natural bridge. The hospitality of strangers has been overwhelming all along our journey, to which we shall always remember and be grateful.
North Adams had such a similar story to what was happening in Huntington. There were similar people powered groups and gatherings and attitudes. It was as if we had found our north-eastern sister city. I must look into this further, as I feel Huntington would benefit from a relationship with the NBT.
D19: With 1447 miles on the odometer, we left North Adams, stopped at a co-op creamery/local market in Cummington, MA that Jay suggested, interviewed a couple of folks with the Pedal People in Northampton, MA, also from Jay’s suggestion, and settled ourselves on the doorstep of friends and strangers in Boston.
We intended to drive to my aunts in Connecticut, but she made plans to be in NYC. With our detour to Rochester, neither of our schedules lined up for the best, but this snag in our itinerary was a treat in many other ways. Our hosts (Becca, my sister’s best friend and her two roommates, Marie and Laura) in Boston were extremely accommodating with short notice and an in flux of children.
Laura and Marie, walked us to the grocery and harbor our first night and gave us the lay of the land for parks, transit and entertainment.
D20: Marie and Becca took us sailing in the harbor on June 22. Under the power of the water and wind, we spent three hours memorized by the skyline and skills of our captain and her skipper. We had all biked to the harbor from their place in East Boston, and afterward, we took the T to the children’s museum (admission included as members of the ASTC, another thrifty investment for traveling I would recommend). Marie and Laura left us to our own, Becca headed for work and we let the children wear themselves out before marching off into our second rain, trying to find a specific pizza joint in downtown Boston, The Upper Crust…I mean, check out their logo.