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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Halfmoon-Crescent Park(Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway)/ Bellevue Falls(Berkshires)

Got out with Kalli for a nice, short walk along the north banks of the Mohawk River on a nearly perfect Saturday afternoon.  We parked in the small parking lot along Old Canal Road just north and west of the Crescent Bridge over the Mohawk.  A level, straight foot path travels along the river affording pleasant views the entire way.
 Clear skies made for perfect conditions. 
 Looking east towards the Crescent Bridge.
 The foot path is very easy to follow and offers benches for sitting and relaxing.
 The buds on the trees are really swelling out under the sunny, spring sky.
 Crystal clear views across the Mohawk River to the southern shore.

We walked for one mile before turning back.  A very leisurely 2 mile walk RT on a phenomenal spring day.

 Later in the evening I found myself in the Berkshires cruising some back roads, enjoying the wind in my hair when I stopped by Bellevue Cemetery in Adams.  While some may think this is a curious spot to stop and enjoy the views, this is a very scenic area with a little known waterfall.
Here is a nice westerly view towards the Greylock Range.
A couple hundred yards away from the cemetery and down a steep embankment is babbling Dry Brook.
 I followed the brook downstream for a distance on several informal paths through the woods.
 Soon I arrived at Bellevue Falls, crashing down in a small, pretty cascade.
 The drive home was quiet and scenic as I passed by a couple picturesque Berkshire lakes.  Incredible southern views down Cheshire Reservoir.
 Further down the road, a view of Pontoosuc Lake in Pittsfield, dazzling under a breathtaking sunset.

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