Friday Fun – Dinosaur Footprints
There is a cute little spot to stop at on Route 5 in Holyoke, MA. Maintained by the Trustees of Reservations, a large slab of sandstone holds about 130 dinosaur footprints. Although most take a lot of imagination to see, you can definitely trace several paths of footprints in the rock.
There aren’t dinosaurs frightening you with beady eyes and toothy grins, nor are there any animatronics or videos. I was wondering what my kids would think of this place. They loved it! The thing that makes this stop a treasure is the fact that the kids can touch, feel and walk in the tracks. All of us marched around in the tracks making dinosaur noises. It helped that we were the only people there and we could be as silly as we wanted.
The path to the footprints is well maintained. Shooting off of the main path are several other paths that aren’t actually part of the reservation but have been made by the humans that frequent the site. They lead down to the Connecticut River that runs along Route 5. If you have criminal intent, you can cross the railroad tracks, which is illegal, and skip rocks into the river (I am not saying we did this).
The river spot is a popular place, probably among the local teens. There were a lot of beer cans tossed around.
My kids decided to clean the place up so we went home with some new memories and a trunk full of cans.