I spent a night visiting my friends Bill and Sam and their son August. They live in on the Amherst side of the Holyoke Range in western Massachusetts. We had a great visit that included a couple of hikes, some good food and some nice time hanging out.
On my way out of town I stopped for a few moments to walk up Mt. Pollux, located in South Amherst. In fact it is really a hill at all of 331 ft. high, but it's breadth and view lends it a majesty that is unsuspected until one arrives at the crest of the hill. I lived in this area for many years and it was only late in my tenure there that I discovered this special place. When describing it to Nancy this evening I told her I can go there and somehow sense being alive a hundred or more years ago. For me there is something profound about this spot. Had Nancy and I chosen to live in western Mass, I would have advocated for our wedding to have happened here.
I don't think I'm the only one who feels this. Tim Eriksen, an amazing musician who is deeply tapped into traditional American music has chosen this spot to record assorted videos of himself singing and playing.
This photo came with the description "Amherst, 1920's". I fancy that maybe this was set on Mt. Pollux. Even if it wasn't, it evokes a similar mood and feeling to what I experience there.