This week I have been down in Florida, visiting my parents for Thanksgiving. A few days ago, while visiting the Myakka Canopy Walkway, I was surprised to find not one, but two Williams connections!

First, on a map listing worldwide locations of forest canopy walkways, Hopkins Forest in Williamstown, MA was on the list. I always enjoyed looking for the canopy walkway while running in Hopkins Forest; it was nearly impossible to see in the fall and spring, but in the winter when the trees had no leaves, it was clearly there in the treetops. For those who haven’t seen it, you’ll find it on the gradual side of the lower loop. (By contrast, the other canopy walkway I have been on, in the cloud forest of Costa Rica, did not make the list — somehow Hopkins Forest precedes the jungle.)

Second, the project was partly financed by dedications of planks and columns, and a plaque on one of the columns read, “Robert and Lucy Beck, Williams ’75.” I was happy to see that.

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