Quabbin - goes way back to a new, quality map for '78-9 era...a team trials, an A meet, the second Billy Goat, subsequent local meets then the addition of the deer fence at some point in time which led to less & less use, then add the fog of time & distance. I lost track. It was a fine map back then. Nostalgia for those good O woods & memories. The way it was - and the way we were, too, perhaps.
In retrospect, if I could do one thing different in connection with the orienteering at Quabbin it would be to make all of the events there at least partial fundraisers for the Quabbin Visitors Center and Friends of the Quabbin.
They were always hostile to orienteering, plus we had to dance around the rules not allowing us to collect money there. I'm sure giving them some of the proceeds would have changed their opinion.
And it's not as if NEOC was ever short of cash.
Fond memories of Quabbin - stay at an old inn owned by the Southworths for the team trials, hanging out with like-minded orienteers from all over. Bruce brothers, Van Staveren, the Hombergs(?), Eric Weyman and others. . .
Quabbin will always be a special place to me, as well. I think it was there that I had my first first place finish (a tie, if I remember right) in M21, at the Team Trials, and I always loved the woods, terrain, and views there. And the uphill finish at the (first?) "A" meet there remains my favorite finish of all time. I have nothing but great memories from all the times I either raced or trained there.