BACK ROADS THOUGHTS
~ Ditching navigation maps and apps, Carol Colitti Levine’s aversion to driving on highways steered her to explore and write about hidden gems along the scenic byways of Western New England for a local magazine, Fuel / Valley Living. Carol convinced the talented Dr. Husband to collaborate as her photographer. She named this quarterly travel column ~
The Side Trek
2006 – 2010
2010 – 2016
Carol created The Side Trek blog in 2010. Her quirky take on politics, current events, books, and bizness. But, its Travel Treks page remained focused on hidden gems along the back roads of Western Massachusetts as photos below show.
Signs of the Times. Hatfield.
The “Valley” has gorgeous vistas and architecture. It also has many colleges, farms and factories. Conservatives and liberals living together. Sometimes in the same house!
Epitomized by these yard signs during the presidential primaries of 2016. As we stopped to take a photo, the woman homeowner opened her door and yelled, “Do you think we will still be married after the election?” Hmmm. Wonder if they are.
So Long Side Trek!
Carol and photographer Dr. Husband said goodbye to Western Massachusetts in July of 2016, moving on to SideTrek . NYC.
They loved their many years of Side Treks along the country byways.
Last Peak. Route 5.
Autumn Sojourn with Jean Jean.
Williams College. Williamstown.
Clark Art Institute. Williamstown.
Special trek to see Van Gogh and Nature, a limited exhibition. Vincent’s study of the impressionists in France. Arles. Auvers.
Super Bowl bonus. Since the Patriots beat the Seahawks, the Seattle Art Museum loaned The Clark Albert Bierstadt’s wall-sized masterpiece Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast.
On the way back, saw a sign for Susan B. Anthony’s birthplace. Who knew?
Strawberry Picking Polka Dots. Hatfield.
Sprouting Spring. Sunderland.
Turn of the Calendar. Shelburne Falls.
Half Autumn. North Hadley.
Quonquont Farm. Whately.
Spring in the Valley. Sunderland.
Photo Contest. Pioneer Valley.
mAdBen vs. Dr.Dad. Who took which?
Winter Hilltown. Shelburne Center.
Autumnal Still Life. Cummington.
Mystery of Blue Hill. Great Barrington.
Mid-summer night’s dinner at Blue Hill restaurant in Greenwich Village. Famous for fresh produce from its farm. Locavore award. James Beard winner. Alas. Our dinner’s vegetables disappeared. They never appeared on our plates. So, we decided to search Blue Hill Farm, the eatery’s namesake to investigate. Up the road on a pristine day, we found the culprit, overlooking the Housatonic River. We didn’t spy a stalk of corn or a wandering squash. Just a Jewish cow family. The Holsteins. Way down the hill. A view. To a kill?
Gorge-ous Trek. Chesterfield.
Farm Foliage. Connecticut River Valley.
Original Williams House. Goshen.
The Good Time Stove Company. Goshen.
Indian Summer. Bernardston.
Weekday Trek. Hatfield.
William Cullen Bryant Homestead. Cummington.
Where he retreated to pen pastoral poetry and think Thanatopsis thoughts.