Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.

It’s hard to explain how a place can be such a large part of a person. What was once constant large waves of California sunshine, became a soft ebb and flow of gloomy, overcast New England. The transition wasn’t easy. However, in the spirit of fall, I am turning over a new leaf. I’m embracing the New England spirit with open arms.

This week’s Secret of SoCal is the Saville Dam.

Pulling off Highway 318, I was in awe of the abnormally clear blue skies on the fall afternoon. Scanning my eyes along the endless tree-covered mountains, it was so exciting to see the leaves’ hues change from green to yellow and orange.

Planted in the eastern branch of the Farmington river, the large, artificial dam sits 135 feet tall and 1,950 feet long in Barkhamsted, Connecticut. The Saville Dam is no ordinary clump of concrete and soil- it was crafted with beautiful masonry work. Not to mention, the large wooden doors reminded me of a story book.

Construction of the dam took four years and it was completed in 1940. It was named after its chief engineer, Caleb Mills Saville. Although I could stare at the carefully engineered dam all day, it’s useful for more than just its aesthetics; the Dam created the Barkhamsted Reservoir which is the primary water source for Hartford.

OK, I’ll admit it; the Saville Dam is no Santa Monica pier or Coronado Island… but in the spirit of turning leaves and crisp fall air, a visit to the Dam was another way to embrace New England’s charm. 

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