Savoy Stories

Thunk. Thunk. Thunkthunkthunkthunk.

And you just lay there in the tent hoping the ruckus outside isn’t wolves or bears or whatever the Berkshires equivalent of Pineys is.

Happily, the campsites at Savoy Mountain State Forest are in an old apple orchard, so the noise is nothing more than the normal sounds of September.

Savoy campsite

Savoy campsite

Savoy is my new favorite campground in New England. Aside from free apples, it offers a waterfall, mountain views, swimming, and trails all over the place. After a week of post-Irene rain, park access was challenging:

thwarted on the Mohawk Trail

thwarted on the Mohawk Trail

On Saturday morning, we traipsed through several miles of mud to see Tannery Falls.

Tannery Falls

Tannery Falls

On the way back, we accidentally found the so-called Shaker cemetery.

Shaker Cemetery

Shaker Cemetery

The afternoon hike was the Busby Trail to the top of Spruce Hill. It was a little hard to find the trailhead behind the hurricane-repair equipment.

Busby Trailhead

Busby Trailhead

But we found it and got to the top, despite my lack of altitude skills.

Spruce Hill

Spruce Hill

The best part of camping is after the exercise and the post-exercise shower. It’s the part where you light the logs, crack open a cold beverage, and start dinner. Instead of relying on the propane stove and the usual Trader Joes boil-in-bag fake Indian food, there was fire-friendly fare: tortilla pizzas and veggie packets.

dinner

dinner

And apples for dessert.

baking apples

baking apples

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