In particular, I've really enjoyed getting to see all the little hidden geographic gems. Some fairly regular features found throughout the Range are vernal pools, those small ephemeral ponds that dry up by mid-summer but serve as important breeding sites for a variety of amphibians such as frogs and salamanders. I've seen a bunch of them in my foot travels, many right along trails and others tucked away in untracked pockets.
The other day I found myself following a faint old woods road (not mapped on the AMC map) in a fairly remote section of the Range. The route never faded into total obscurity the way some paths I've followed do, but eventually it dead-ended at the vernal pool pictured below. I was certain that very few other people had ever seen this particular sight, and I felt like I'd just arrived at the secretest vernal pool in the Holyoke Range.
So, if anyone actually reads this blog (does anyone actually read this blog?) and has some kind of a sense for the geography of the Holyoke Range in Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley, and wants to play along... any guesses as to where this is? Leave a comment with a guess that describes the location to within let's say a quarter mile or so of where it actually is. Just give as detailed a description as you can. Whoever gets it right wins the first amazing Northeast Adventures Mystery Prize (amazing NAMP).
the secretest vernal pool in the Holyoke Range