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Two posts in one day? Why not!

Wakanomori took me to Holyoke's secret stream, which runs beneath Interstate 91. There's a park there, but these boys preferred the actual stream (so did a chipmunk and an oriole I saw).

Holyoke's secret stream

kids playing in the secret stream

At one end of the present-day park is a closed roadway that leads up into an overgrown, abandoned park. If you climb up and up, you reach this tower that looks like it took its design cues from rude graffiti:

phallic tower

You can climb up a literally falling-apart concrete spiral staircase on the inside of the, uh, shaft, and up top there is a glorious view of the surrounding countryside. Which I didn't take a picture of! I was too busy recovering from the hair-raising ascent. Fortunately, Wakanomori took a picture. He also obliged me by taking pictures of the words of wisdom inscribed there, and of some of the community-created artwork at the base of the tower.

View of Mt. Tom in nearby Easthampton

Mt Tom (Wakanomori's photo)


wisdom (wakanomori's photo)


artwork (wakanomori's shot)

Date: 2017-07-05 03:25 am (UTC)
queenoftheskies: queenoftheskies (Default)
From: [personal profile] queenoftheskies
That is so cool!

Date: 2017-07-05 03:36 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amaebi
Thank you.

Date: 2017-07-05 11:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cmcmck
What was the tower's function or is it just a folly?

Date: 2017-07-06 05:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cmcmck
It's rather nicer that the Walter Scott memorial in Edinburgh!

Date: 2017-07-05 02:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] missroserose
"The issues we face are what create the great things we become."

That's beautiful. I may have to work it into a yoga class.

Date: 2017-07-06 01:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] missroserose
I agree! One of my favorite pieces I've ever seen (I may have quoted this to you before): "If you settle for less than you deserve, you will get less than you settled for." Made all the better by the response, clearly written later and in a different hand: "GIRL!" Unfortunately, when I saw it it was pretty faded and in a bathroom with poor light, and I couldn't get it to come out in a picture, but I still treasure the memory.

Date: 2017-07-06 03:42 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zyzyly
I like that tower. I would have climbed up too if I had come across it. It reminds me a bit of the Astoria Column in Oregon, where you can climb to the top and get a good view of the area, and, they sell little wooden airplanes that you can throw off and watch them glide down.

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