Happy Thanksgiving!

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North Reservoir, Middlesex Fells

Summer in November

A walk around the Middle and South Reservoirs in the Middlesex Fells on a summer-like afternoon.

Keep out, sort of

Strategic ambiguity at its finest: Keep out, but if you’re here anyway, don’t let your dog go swimming. Seen on a 5.9-mile walk on the roads around the Middlesex Fells this afternoon, including the semi-forbidden Middle and South Reservoirs.

Dam project underway in the Middlesex Fells

I hadn’t visited the Middlesex Fells for several months, and it looks like I missed a lot. The town of Winchester is rebuilding the 147-year-old North Reservoir Dam at a cost of $6 million. The water level has been lowered considerably in order to accommodate the construction. Here’s a story about it from the Winchester Star, back when there was a Star.

A brown day in the Fells

I took my first hike in the Middlesex Fells since last December. It was a beautiful day, but the trails were much drier than I expected. That doesn’t bode well unless we have an exceptionally wet April. No signs of greenery yet. No patches of snow, either, although there was a little bit of slushy ice on one of the smaller ponds. Click on the photos for a larger view.

Middlesex Fells

A few pictures from earlier today with my new iPhone SE.

Alongside the North Reservoir in Stoneham
Reservoir and Skyline Trails near the entrance to Sheepfold
Fungus in Winchester
Looking north toward the Middle Reservoir in Winchester

Snow and hail — snail!

Middlesex Fells between the Middle and South Reservoirs at about 3:30 p.m.

While you were impeaching

Middlesex Fells earlier today — in Stoneham, if my phone can be believed.

Long Pond

Long Pond in the Middlesex Fells — 6.2-mile hike this afternoon ahead of the storm.