Getting to see Earth, Wind & Fire celebrate 4o years together live on stage at Tanglewood in the Berkshires last night was the highlight of the decade. They have amazing energy and musicianship, and a groove that was way ahead of their time. A bit of rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of thousands in attendance at a rare East coast show, and we were happily reminded that great music stands the test of time.
As if seeing one of my favorite bands from the 70’s wasn’t enough, I was delighted to learn that Massachusetts State Parks are yurt friendly. We signed up to camp out at October Mountain State Forest, but forgot the tent. Voila! Enter the yurt option, and we were saved from our own silly selves. These Pacific Yurts sleep six and have just the basics – beds, table and chairs, so they ‘re just for three season use. The forest is over 10,000 acres with the Appalachian Trail running through the middle and miles of hiking trails. The campground is small and intimate, nestled among hardwoods.
Dogs are welcome on a leash, and a campfire ring and outdoor picnic table complete the yurt experience, along with drive up convenience. At $40/night, it’s a steal, and we happily snoozed away under the rain soaked skies.
There is no shortage of excellent restaurants in Lee, MA, just down the road. We had dinner at Arizona Pizza – homemade crust and downtown atmosphere, and breakfast at Otto’s, a fabulous new diner in town. For desert, we journeyed across the street to a new bakery for chocolate croissants. Just the ticket for the drive home.
All in all a memorable evening that I would repeat in a heartbeat, especially the Earth, Wind & Fire part!