Nash Dinosaur Prints
The principal reason for choosing this location was the allure of the Nash Dinosaur Prints, in South Hadley. The site showcases actual fossilized dinosaur footprints, on the very spot where they were discovered in 1933 by Carlton Nash.
The place is, quite frankly, a bit of a dump. It's a small building that is charitably called a gift shop and museum. Visitors can buy rocks, broken fossils, and pieces of petrified wood from just about everywhere but Massachusetts. The two-dollar admission fee entitles you to
Be that as it may, Alex loved the Nash Dinosaur prints. He had a wonderful time in that little backyard, and he did not want to leave. The main attraction? An old log that looked, to him, like a brown alligator. He also found a rusted old metal trash can that, with a dose of imagination, he dubbed "a turtle."
Joseph Allen Skinner State ParkAlthough the dinosaur prints were a bit of a disappointment, the stop was not a total loss for Alex's parents, who did not enjoy the log nearly as much as Alex did. After leaving the Nash establishment, the family went to Joseph Allen Skinner State Park, and drove to the top of Mt. Holyoke, which offers a serene view of the Connecticut River Valley, and the town of Amherst.
While atop the mountain, Alex and his parents enjoyed a picnic lunch. Alex, with a palate mature beyond its years, graciously ate the green peppers from his father's sandwich.
After a pleasant visit, it was time to descend Mt. Holyoke, and continue
the journey northward. Next stop: The White
Mountains of New Hampshire.