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Sunset Hike, Fall 2011

A Report by Allison Ristaino '14

Sunset over the Connecticut River from the top of Mt Sugarloaf in Sunderland, MA.

After a long week of sitting in libraries and classrooms studying, there's nothing like a nature hike to help a Smithie distress and rejuvenate. On Friday, November 4th, Hayat Abuza along with about ten Smith students took a trip to Mount Sugarloaf for a sunset hike and poetry reading. The air was chilly and the sun set early at 5:30, but all were prepared with warm coats (and extra scarves borrowed from Hayat!). As we walked up the mountain we could see the sun slowly setting behind us as the moon rose above us. The 45 minute walk was relaxing and definitely worth the beautiful view of all of western Massachusetts. Hayat pointed out an old building used to house horse and buggies back in the day, and an abandoned building that used to be a resort.

At the top of the mountain students shared some of their favorite poems that they brought to read and sat and listened to the nature around them. After viewing the beautiful sun setting one last time, we headed back down the trail in the twilight and quickly back into heated vans and cars! When back at Smith, we enjoyed a delicious vegetarian meal and hot tea to warm up from the night's travels.