Thursday, June 11, 2009

Its not Purgatory

We spent a very pleasant Sunday afternoon at Purgatory Chasm State Reservation last weekend. This is a very popular attraction located in Sutton, MA, and consists of walking trails, picnic areas and the chasm itself. The park, managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, is notable for its .25-mile (0.40 km) long, 70-foot (21 m) deep chasm of granite bedrock featuring abrupt precipices and boulder caves in which ice lingers into the early summer.

According to the most recent research, the Chasm was created when glacial meltwater from a burst ice dam ripped out blocks of bedrock at the end of the last Ice Age (14,000 years ago).

The weather was perfect for walking, not too hot and with a breeze to keep the bugs away. We finished up with ice cream from the creamery nearby. Very welcome after all that walking and climbing.

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