Here are some photographs of the Dinosaur Footprints.
Parking is just a little pull-off on the east side of Route 5 in Holyoke, not far from the Easthampton town line. This handy and well-kept kiosk of facts greets visitors.
The area looked especially spiffy the other day. The Trustees are doing a fine job as stewards of this local treasure.
The open flat sandstone is visible straight ahead through the trees. The path heading to the right leads to the Connecticut River.
According to the Trustees of Reservations web site, there are "134 separate dinosaur footprints" here and "almost all of the 134 footprints were part of 28 distinct trackways, 20 of which tended towards a westerly direction."
A nickel placed on the stone to the right gives one an approximation of this footprint's size.
Some tracks are more distinguishable than others at the site, their depth and shape obvious clues that a giant lizard passed this way.
Ancient ripples undisturbed, shaped and worked smooth by the fingertips of waters long receded.
The Connecticut River lies just beyond these railroad tracks running north to south that border the eastern edge of the Dinosaur Footprints.
The river calls all who stand within view.
Layer upon layer of life and time - preserved and stacked reams of ancient histories captured in the silt of yesterdays.
Jutting out of the water, these sandstone ledges appear to push toward their landed brethren, eager to share the secrets they too assuredly conceal.
A book of days etched in stone pages and sung in the language of artifacts. This is where the dinosaurs walked.
And still, the river rolls by, forever smoothing the secrets that lie beneath her, concealed and magnificent.
For more information and directions to the dinosaur tracks, visit the Trustees of Reservations Dinosaur Footprints web page at: http://www.thetrustees.org/pages/298_dinosaur_footprints.cfm. For a list of more interesting and fun stuff to see and do in the area, check out EWM's page of, Things To Do In Western Massachusetts.
As always, thanks for stopping by and take care.