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Hiking Blog

Saturday, November 22, 2003

It was a beautiful warm November day, so we decided to go for a walk at the Manitou Point Nature Preserve.  We took the delightful trail that clings to a steep embankment covered with moss and mountain laurel right next to the Hudson River.

We chose this walk in part to visit a geocache that had been placed near the trail.  We had tried our hand at geocaching on our recent trip to the Grand Canyon, and found it to provide a great supplement to the more heavily trodden sights found in travel books.  This was our first local cache.  Casting about the house for an item to leave in the cache, I came across an old camera memory card that was too small to be of any use any longer, and hit upon the idea of filling it with a couple favorite audio tracks.  (I chose Gerard Hoffnung's hilarious "Bricklayer Story", and Grappelli and Shearing playing "I'm Coming Virginia".)  Voila, a new music file swapping network is born.

Hope to post some pics from the aforementioned Grand Canyon trip soon.

11:20:09 PM      

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

This week's Tuesday Night Hike was Black Rock in Harriman State Park.  Top: self-portrait, with lichen. Right: near one of the viewpoints.  Bottom: Herb, resident photographer and tonight's hike leader.

10:20:27 PM      

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Finally got some summer weather this week, to put it mildly - it's in the low 90's, about 25 degrees warmer than last week at this time.  This week's Tuesday Night hike was a traverse, up Anthony's Nose on the Appalachian Trail to the newly restored tollhouse on the approach road to Bear Mountain Bridge.

10:05:45 PM      

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Today's hike was a five mile jaunt up (and down!) Diamond Mountain in Harriman State Park.  Below: we paused by a rushing stream.  Right: the Mountain Laurel were not quite fully out; should be spectacular in about a week

11:40:04 PM      

Wednesday, June 11, 2003


This week's Tuesday Night Hike was a strenuous 900ft climb up the Major Welch trail from Bear Mountain Inn to the top of Bear Mountain, then back down on the Appalachian Trail.  Left: a stop to enjoy the view and fill up on water.  Above: moss and lichen happily share a tree.

11:28:58 PM      

Tuesday, June 03, 2003

It was a rainy evening, and cool for June.  As the radio announcer commented after reading today's weather forecast, we've been having a nice long April this year.  But the small crew that turned out for the Tuesday Night Hike up East Mountain in the Hubbard-Perkins Conservation Area didn't mind, much.

11:14:47 PM      

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