I’m not dead yet…

I’m not.

Weather and multiple trips to Michigan have conspired to keep me from getting out as much as I would like.  I’ve had a bunch of hikes planned for the weeks where I was not travelling, but weather has been crazy wet around here cancelling everything.  It has been a wet and cold spring; which probably doesn’t bode well for the summer.  So, WHERE have I been in the last three months?

I was thrilled to snowshoe in the Catskills, enough so that I got a pair.  Of course, that just ensured we wouldn’t see snow for the rest of the winter.  I used snowshoes on Red Hill Mountain as part of the County Park System’s / New York State’s Firetower challenge.  It was definitely a blast, and has changed my perspective on winter hiking completely.  Here are two shots from Red Hill:

A couple of weeks later I climbed Slide Mountain in the Catskills.  While I was hoping to snowshoe, we only needed microspikes.  What a great day, with great weather, and great views.

Including my favorite sign in the Catskills:

The week after Slide Mountain I traveled with the Park System (again) to Katterskill Falls.  This was a great hike, but Katterskill Park just gets too crowded for my taste.  The falls were awesome, as were parts of the Escarpment Trail that we hiked.  But there were just too many people.

Almost a month later, I traveled to the Millbrook area in order to hike some trails, hike Van Campens Glen, and see Millbrook village.  The village was neat.  Van Campens Glen and the falls were neat.  But stay away from both the Pioneer Trail and the Hamilton Ridge trail.  Both trails are massively overgrown, and I stopped counting how many ticks I pulled off at 20.  Further, the Watergate area is STILL closed, which means a long road walk back to your car if you parked at the village.

Yesterday, I saw another bear in Harriman, just before the rains came down (again.)  No pictures because it happened so fast.

I’m hoping for better weather in the future so I can get out more.

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