An interesting area of the Quabbin would be along Rte 122 heading east from New Salem to Petersham (pronounced Peter-sam). There are plenty of places to park and hike on in... swampy marshes, bogs and other sites.
I always wanted to head up to that area but time constraints with a one-car family kept me away. It is about an hour north-east of Amherst, where Athol, Orange and New Salem meet. My sister lives about a mile norht of this area.
Does this sound OK to anybody else?
And Whitey... what's your real name? We may know each other.