A massive thunderstorm is blowing through the Berkshires as I write this – for about an hour, it was almost pitch black during a time when we usually swoon over the ever-lasting daylight. The tempest forced me to discontinue my brief putter in the garden and instead just think about being outside. Each week, I try to hike a different Berkshire vista; so I decided to use my time sequestered indoors searching for a new spot to explore. Surfing around on the ‘net, I came across a couple of fun things to do outdoors next week. Natural Bridge State Park and Western Gateway Heritage State Park, both in North Adams, offer great programs and hikes for nature and history buffs. The WGHS is celebrating the longest day of the year with Summer Solstice Astronomy Sky Theatre (constellations & flying saucers!) on June 19th beginning at 7pm. At the Natural Bridge State Park, there are a couple of informative walks taking place on June 24th — this one exploring the history & geology of the park and on June 25th, a morning stroll observing Mother Nature… Please click here and scroll to the bottom to see links to events at these sites.