Walked about 1.25 miles total at a brisk pace to keep the cold at bay. Even with the frigid weather, the fresh air sure felt good.
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Took a short walk this afternoon at the Columbia Land Conservancy's 47 acre High Falls Conservation Area in the village of Philmont on a bitterly cold winter day. Actually, we are in the midst of a bitterly cold stretch of weather that is forecast to last well over a week. Air temps were in the single digits with wind chills far below zero as I stepped out onto the trail. The sun may have looked nice, but did very little to warm things up.
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Did a short Christmas Eve hike this morning to Cheshire Cobble in the central Berkshires. I parked at the small parking area just east of the village of Cheshire along Notch Road on a comfortable 30 degree morning. I've done this hike a couple of other times, but wanted to check out the east slopes of the mountain off trail as well this time. I followed an unmarked woods road south, which climbs up above McDonald Creek.
Friday, December 22, 2017
It's been a good run of bad luck lately with car issues, work, and at times stormy weather, so I really haven't gotten out much recently. Took advantage of a brief window between light snow and impending freezing rain on a stormy day(with heavy snow to the north), by heading over to the Rensselaer Land Trust's Kinderhook Creek Preserve, just down the road from my house.
Monday, December 18, 2017
A late start due to an iffy morning forecast left me with only a few hours of precious daylight to explore today, so I decided to head down to the northeast Catskills(which is under an hour and a half drive). I chose to bushwhack 3100 foot West Stoppel Point, which is another Catskill Hundred Highest peak that I need on my list. I parked in the very last parking area along Colgate Road(CR 78) and headed south into the snowy woods. Snow depth at the road, which was just over 2100 feet, was about 4-5 inches. No showshoes needed, but I brought them along just in case.
I wandered around a bit, looking for a high spot, and settled on this small stand of conifers as the true summit.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Winter has finally arrived...and with a vengeance. Unfortunately, the winter storms this week fell on my free hiking days, so I've been kind of cooped up recently. Took advantage of a free window of time after work today though to do some exploring at the 450 acre Fiver Rivers Educational Center located off Game Farm Road in Delmar. A bitterly cold day with wind chills in the single digits was not enough to stop me from getting out. It was enough to keep most others away though, as there were only a couple of cars in the large parking lot when I arrived. I layered up and headed out, heading towards my favorite trail on the property beside the Vloman Kill. Along the way I spotted a relative of Frosty, who seemed happy despite the cold weather.