Where to Begin??

For this last Christmas, my mother-in-law gave me a very thoughtful gift: 50 Hikes in the Berkshire Hills, Lauren R. Stevens. At the time, my now husband and I were still dating and I lived just over an hour away from him and most of the trails in this book. Needless to say, once we got married and I made the move “out west”, I was excited to use my guide to explore new trails!

I will always be most excited about trails that lead up a steep mountainside. The challenge of trekking upward for several hours gives me the kind of high runners talk about. However, I decided that since our move was smack dab in the middle of the CVID pandemic and all the gyms were closed, I would try to find a more practical trail.

I’m not one for running.

Let me rephrase that: I hate running. I did it for years to keep in shape; I played soccer in high school. I hate running. I was never able to find that “high” runners rave about.

But life is funny.

The second week that Jared and I had been in our apartment I knew I had no more excuses for not keeping in shape. And the easiest way to do that was to suck it up, step outside, and go for a run.

I hated it, as I knew I would. Not only was I running, but it was up and down rows of residential streets where everyone could witness my struggle.

One night, after I had given residential running a pathetic attempt a few times, I was looking through my 50 Hikes book and found one exactly 8 minutes away. The next day, I drove over.

The Old Mill Trail is a quick hop over to the next town, Hinsdale, MA. Perhaps it was my first little woodsy wander in quite some time, but this little trail proved to be better than I had anticipated. It’s an easy 2.5 miles out and back, but certainly not boring with a lovely brook running along the trail that ends with a small waterfall, two little bridges, and an old, abandoned car.

There is so much scenery to engage you while walking (or running if you’re into that sort of thing). As someone who enjoys taking pictures, I absolutely loved the way the photos of this old automobile came out! Plus, it’s only about a third of the way down the trail if you choose not to walk to the end, so you’ll still get some interesting sights!

Photo by Amber Browning on May 09, 2020. Image may contain: tree, plant and outdoor


If you do walk to the end however, you’re in for a little treat – a little waterfall across the brook! There are plenty of little mini “beaches” along the brook as well to stop and hang out before keepin’ on. I even saw a man fishing in one spot just past the Old Car Sight.

I still hate running, but I have to say that if I’m going to do it, it’s nice to be surrounded by God’s creation! And it’s

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