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 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:
On Saturday morning, we traipsed through several miles of mud to see Tannery Falls.
On the way back, we accidentally found the so-called 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.
But we found it and got to the top, despite my lack of altitude skills.
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.
And apples for dessert.