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07/21/2008 12:39:50 PM · #1
While she was visiting relatives in Massachusetts, my grandmother fell, broke her ankle, had surgery, nearly died from internal bleeding after the surgery and may be ready to come home in the next couple weeks...all that to say this:

Since I am on summer vacation, I offered to go to Massachusetts and bring her back home to California. She is in Adams...are there any good sites to see in that area? I have never been back east and now I get a free ticket to go...unfortunately, I really really hate to be away from my husband and don't want to be gone long so I almost just want to go and come back right away. BUT this is a great opportunity...free room, board, plane ticket...

I am concerned about taking my camera though...security seems like such a pain in the airports and I want to bring only a small carry-on bag and no luggage. Is taking my "real" camera a pain?

What stuff should I see and anyone else on DPC out in that area?

07/21/2008 12:45:38 PM · #2
Adams, MA is in the Berkshire mountains...a very pretty section of Massachusetts. Lovely rural setting with rolling mountains and hills, lots of streams, and some quaint little New England towns. Lots of nice stuff to shoot out there if you don't mind driving around a bit.
07/21/2008 12:47:51 PM · #3
You're WAY up in the far NW corner of the state. About as far from Cape Cod as you can get and still be in MA. But if you want to drive down to the ocean, that's where I am. The most interesting scenery nearby Adams is the mountains of Vermont, and that's very nice country indeed. Well worth exploring.

Don't worry about the camera on the plane; I take my whole kit with me every time I fly, and it is not a problem. If you have a tripod and want to bring it, fit it in your checked luggage.

R.

ETA, of course that's real nice Berkshire Hills country all around there, too :-)

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07/21/2008 01:01:47 PM · #4
Clark Art Museum
MassMoCA
Williams College (Established in 1793) is freakin awesome
07/21/2008 01:07:30 PM · #5
Your camera gear will only take and extra 30-60 seconds to get checked over. They might want you to take a picture so make sure it works. And don't have ANY liquids or compressed air in your camera bag. I lost a little bottle of lens cleaner on my trip to Ottawa that I forgot to put in the suitcase. They will probably have you open up the bag (as soon as you open the bag they might move quick to test the air coming out of it, it kinda startled me the first time) and then they rub a couple items with a little square of cloth and test it in a little hand held device. They are checking for chemicals (drugs, explosive) so as long as you don't have any you will be fine and on your way.

I use my Lowepro Nature Trekker backpack to carry everything (less tripod). Itís big and has no probs meeting the space requirements. Then I pack a smaller camera bag in the suitcase. Thatís my limited knowledge of air travel with camera gear.
07/22/2008 10:51:55 AM · #6
Thank you for your responses...I am excited about heading out there.
07/22/2008 11:06:53 AM · #7
You'll be very close to the best waterfall in the state. Favorite spot of mine.

Bish Bash Falls

**edit spelling

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07/22/2008 11:32:21 AM · #8
If you like waterfalls, Tannery Falls and Parker Brook Falls (also known as "Slant Falls") are in Savoy, MA., about 6 miles east of Adams. Although Bash Bish falls is very nice, they are about 50 miles south of where you will be. Try this website for the location:

//www.stateparks.com/savoy_mountain.html.

If you don't want the hassle of bringing a tripod, neutral density filter and/or polarizing filter, then forget the waterfalls.

Enjoy your trip and sorry to hear about why you need to come here.

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07/22/2008 11:39:08 AM · #9
Adams is 'around' the corner from where I live. There is a lot in the area - both immediate and within a few miles drive. If you want a guide, let me know.

hey Henry! How you been?

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07/22/2008 11:59:27 AM · #10
Originally posted by hopper:

...is freakin awesome


What is so "freakin awesome" about Williams College? Just curious. I drive through the campus 4 times a day on my way to and from work and I have never noticed anything awesome about it. Nice campus, but so are hundreds of other campuses.

Clark Art - cannot take pictures
MA MoCA - can take pictures, but no flash use
Williams - general pictures of the campus from the streets is ok. Anything within the campus proper, if you look professional (to them professional is anyone who does not immediately appear to be a student or a parent of a student), you will be asked to leave, get a permit, get permission for a lot of areas, sign agreements restricting your use of the photos.

Message edited by author 2008-07-22 12:38:34.
07/22/2008 01:03:24 PM · #11
Tannery Falls - about 45 min drive from Adams

Natural Bridge - about 10 min from Adams

Cascade Falls - about 15 min from Adams

Searsburg Mtn.

Deerfield River - The whole valley is gorgeous. Many dams, reservoirs, parks all along the river. Yankee Atomic is in this valley as well as numerous steam turbines buried in the mountains. Searsburg is above this valley on one end. If the water is let to run, there is rafting and kayaking over rapids in one area that you can photograph from the top of Elephant Rock which stands on the bank about 30 feet high and looks like a standing elephant with it's trunk taking a drink. - 30 minutes to closest descent into valley.

The Mount - Edith Wharton Estate - about 30 minutes from Adams

Hildene - Todd Lincoln (Abe's son) Estate - about an hour from Adams

Naumkeag - Choate Estate - about 30 to 40 minutes from Adams

Unfortunately the closest site is Mt. Greylock - it is closed due to repaving the road but it offers the most spectacular views of the whole area. Right above Adams. Look up is all. Can't miss it. In the paper last week was an article that one half of the road will open up soon so trips to the top can be made. But so far, still closed.

Aside from these, no regular 'spot' but know of hundreds of locations to get great sunrises, sunsets, pastoral scenes, old churches, old stone school houses, etc., etc.

Peace Pagoda - Pagoda, beautiful temple, always open, free - about 40 minutes from Adams.

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07/22/2008 01:38:14 PM · #12
Dang! CEJ!!!

That sounds wonderful. Thank you for the advice!
07/22/2008 02:57:55 PM · #13
You are welcome. If you do come and, as stated, need a guide or want detailed directions to any of the locations mentioned from the center of Adams shoot me a PM.

Sorry to hear about your grandmother. Sort of going through the same thing. My mom just broke her ankle and required surgery. Now she has 9 pins and screws holding the whole mess together. Luckily she is only an hour away.

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07/22/2008 03:28:04 PM · #14
Originally posted by CEJ:

Originally posted by hopper:

...is freakin awesome


What is so "freakin awesome" about Williams College? Just curious. I drive through the campus 4 times a day on my way to and from work and I have never noticed anything awesome about it. Nice campus, but so are hundreds of other campuses.

Clark Art - cannot take pictures
MA MoCA - can take pictures, but no flash use
Williams - general pictures of the campus from the streets is ok. Anything within the campus proper, if you look professional (to them professional is anyone who does not immediately appear to be a student or a parent of a student), you will be asked to leave, get a permit, get permission for a lot of areas, sign agreements restricting your use of the photos.


Originally posted by slickchik:

She is in Adams...are there any good sites to see in that area?


My apologies for such a weak offering. I didn't realize "good sites to see in that area" meant I had to be from there and have extensive knowledge of the area. The college campus has beautiful architecture - again, sorry for not fully researching the legalities of photographing the university buildings.

:/
07/22/2008 04:08:52 PM · #15
Hmm...I apologize. Was not putting down your suggestions in any way. Just pointing out what I know of the places from experience. The campus does have some nice old buildings and now at least three new modern ones (including the new theater.) I was asking really out of curiosity. Perhaps I am dull to it since I live in this town and to go anywhere means you have to drive through the campus and if you live here you would eventually come not look so highly on the college as they are a major pain in the butt.

Message edited by author 2008-07-22 16:10:03.
07/22/2008 05:19:08 PM · #16
we're cool ... voice inflection, body language, etc does exactly come thru over the internet, perhaps my retort could have worded better as well.

:)

Originally posted by CEJ:

Hmm...I apologize. Was not putting down your suggestions in any way. Just pointing out what I know of the places from experience. The campus does have some nice old buildings and now at least three new modern ones (including the new theater.) I was asking really out of curiosity. Perhaps I am dull to it since I live in this town and to go anywhere means you have to drive through the campus and if you live here you would eventually come not look so highly on the college as they are a major pain in the butt.
08/27/2008 08:20:28 AM · #17
Western Massachusetts (e.g., the area around Springfield, MA) has long been cursed as a punk scene, due to its placement between two of the biggest East Coast scenes, Boston and New York City. Most people in the area are harshly critical of local talent; then again, that's true everywhere. The local stuff can basically be divided into a handful of categories
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