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Willow bog

2008-01-28 23:03:35.849471+00 by Dan Lyke 10 comments

A few days ago my dad sent me the lat & lon of the aforementioned Mount Greylock Ski Club, and I went on a "virtual tour of the Berkshires" kick. I grew up, first through seventh grade, in the house with the red back side, we called it "Willowbog", for obvious reasons (though the willow is less obvious). The outhouse is still there. The house across the street is much bigger. We used to swim and sail a sunfish in the larger pond to the north (there's a barely visible trail through that field), and my grandfather built me a little rowboat in which we used to row around the bog behind the house, and in winters we'd skate there, when it had been cold for a while we could go south through that area that's been kept clear by the flowing water. The house to the south wasn't there yet, the rough but mostly cleared area south of the outhouse was all garden, and our largest tree fort was built with construction scraps in an old oak tree, the remains of which you can see along the road.

That I can pick a random place and see it again with that much detail on a whim is completely amazing. That it hasn't changed much in two and a half decades amazes me more.

Where'd you grow up?

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-01-28 23:56:08.03329+00 by: jeff

That is a sweet lot!

#Comment Re: made: 2008-01-29 04:40:32.018945+00 by: ebradway [edit history]

Continuing the tour of the Berkshires:

About 15 miles as the crow flies from Willowbog, in Lee, Massachusetts is the house I lived in when I went to kindegarten. And yes, that Stockbridge Road just to the north leads to Stockbridge, Mass, and Alice's Restaurant.

And only 13 miles from Willowbog is the house my father grew up in (the long green place). I still wish we had gotten together to keep that place in the family!

#Comment Re: made: 2008-01-29 04:57:19.603198+00 by: ebradway

Is that Dan waving?

#Comment Re: made: 2008-01-29 10:30:22.150752+00 by: DaveP

Lame. When I click on any of the live.com links, it redirects me to the international site with no location. I'm probably missing some cookie or something.

The first place I remember living complete with geotags on the photo.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-01-29 18:22:47.764984+00 by: Dan Lyke

Dave, this is the problem with so much of what Microsoft does: It seems like it should work, but...

Those links were gotten from the "email this link" option, the pictures are amazingly detailed, and once again Microsoft dropped the ball. What I find really annoying about maps.live.com is that you can't enter latitude and longitude, unlike Google Maps.

And I can't tell from the picture, is that a dock or a raft over there on the water to the right of the open space of the farm? Somehow the raft built on 55 gallon drums or big sheets of foam is one of those quintessential summer memories that I haven't run into since childhood.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-01-29 18:30:15.137092+00 by: Dan Lyke

Eric, I'm trying to find the place we lived near Stockbridge for a year before we went over to Willowbog, but I'm just not seeing anything that looks familiar from the satellite photos. Gonna have to ask my dad.

And that picture was from before we moved in, we're still sorting all sorts of stuff out from under that structure in the back, which is empty in the shot you linked to...

#Comment Re: made: 2008-01-29 18:59:51.715561+00 by: ebradway

I lived in Lee from 1975-1976. Then we were in Plattsburgh, NY until 1978.

Here's the house in Lee

And the house in Lanesboro on Pontoosuc Lake

#Comment Re: made: 2008-01-29 22:09:29.364798+00 by: spc476

Wierd. The links worked when I checked last night (although, that was using Firefox 2.0 under Mac OS-X) and now they don't (Linux 2.6, using Firefox 1.x).

Sad. It was a pretty neat site.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-01-29 23:14:50.727197+00 by: DaveP

Dan, that's a dock.

We never had a raft. We had icehouses instead. :)

#Comment Re: made: 2008-01-29 23:41:00.484002+00 by: Dave Goodman [edit history]

I grew up in Inglewood, CA during the 60's. I was there during the Watts riots, when we had unmarked cars guarding the neighborhood. It's changed since then (and not necessarily for the better).

My wife grew up in Covington, KY and when we visited there a few years ago she was amazed at how little it had changed. In fact, the trails through the bushes that she'd play in after school were still there.