Headed north on Black Friday to get far away from the crowds and into the woods of Moreau Lake State Park. The popular park is just south of Glens Falls covering 4,100 acres and offers nearly 20 miles of hiking trails, including access to Moreau Lake and the Hudson River near Spier Falls Dam.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Thanksgiving 2013 at my grandmother's. Feeling wintery with a cool breeze and temps hovering around 30. Went out with my niece Taylor for a walk in the woods and along the creek.
A coating to an inch was just enough to make everything white.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The season's first snow graced the area today with nothing more than a coating to an inch, but it was enough to get everyone in full winter mode. The snow left a gentle coat of white on everything before daybreak but the day had trended to drying out until I started driving out to Hand Hollow in the late afternoon. Hand Hollow is a Columbia Land Conservancy property in rural New Lebanon with several miles of trails, as well as a few small beaver ponds and a larger pond, called Meizenger's Pond. As I pulled into the parking area, the snow began to accelerate.
Friday, November 22, 2013
A very damp Friday morning kept me inside all morning, but as it began to dry out by lunch time, I thought I'd head out locally for a walk in the woods. The Robert Ingalls Nature Preserve is located in Stephentown, just beyond East Nassau off of Garfield Road. It is a new preserve, less than a year old, owned by the Rensselaer Land Trust.
Although a fairly small preserve, the dense cover of the spruce trees and large ravine give the feeling of being much more secluded and give the area a rugged, wild feel.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
A sunny, cool late November day brought me into the Adirondacks and to Buck Mountain on the east side of Lake George. Buck Mountain at 2334 feet is not a huge mountain, but it offers huge views over much of Lake George and its surrounding mountains. There are many trails on the east side of Lake George, especially in the Hogtown and Dacy Clearing area. The trailhead for Buck Mountain is about a half mile past the large parking lot for Hogtown on Fly Pond Road.