The Alewife T stop sits beside Route 2 at the point where the Little River’s name changes to Alewife Brook. It’s a complicated geography of roads, on- and offramps, parking lots, sidewalks, bike trails, and water. The T parking garage is situated next to an onramp to Route 2 and beyond that, a pond.
Above the point from which I took this picture is an overpass. Like many such places, it is an access point, though not an obvious one. You have to be on foot or on a bicycle to notice this; anyone driving in a car would be focused on getting to Rt. 2. A narrow but definite trail along the foot of the embankment leads to this:
This experience is perhaps 30 feet from the roadway.
On the other side of the overpass, there’s another little body of water
There I met two young men who seemed to be doing what I was, except they appeared to be doing it all day: being there, enjoying the place. We talked briefly and I gave them the URL of this blog before I went on my way.
[for more, see Pro. Pei #12]