Beautiful Mother’s Day begins boating and biking season

NORTHAMPTON Mass. (WWLP) – Today’s gorgeous weather made it a perfect day for families to spend together at some of the Pioneer Valley’s most popular spring weather attractions.

The sunshine and hot air made this Mother’s Day a great day to spend on the water. Boating families in Northampton were thrilled to put on their bathing suits and relax on the docks of the Oxbow Marina in Northampton.

Sam Langevin of Feeding Hills told 22News, “We’ve been doing this since I was a little kid. I love boating. It’s one of my passions, I actually just bought my first boat and we’re at the Oxbow, we’ve been here for about 8 years or so. It’s the best thing ever.”

It’s still early in the boating season. Some of the boats haven’t even been uncovered from the season left behind. June Langevin of Chicopee said, “We’ve been boating here for about 8 years. Unfortunately our boat is not in yet but once it is in we are out here every weekend.”

Many people who enjoy their Sunday fun on dry land, took their bicycle to the Norwottuck Rail Trail for an afternoon of exercise and relaxation. The Norwottuck Rail Trail is an 11-mile picturesque biking route through the foothills of Hampshire County. It begins in Northampton and ends in Belchertown.

Donna Roberts of North Adams told 22News what she liked about the trail. “Just the calmness, the quiet. It’s a step away from the crazy every day rat race that we are all in and just to enjoy the sunshine.”

People told 22News they’re surprised at how quickly the weather turned from cold to hot, but said they won’t be complaining just yet.

May is National Bike Month. National bike to work week begins on Monday.

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