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.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Took advantage of a beautiful late autumn afternoon, heading out to Delmar to visit the 46 acre Normans Kill Preserves after work. The Preserves are broken up into three separate parcels, with about 1.5 miles of marked trails. My first stop was the east parcel, with parking available at the Bagdon Environmental Center with two reserved spots for Preserve visitors. The trail, marked in yellow, starts just beyond a kiosk and drops steeply down a ravine towards the creek.
Monday, December 4, 2017
Headed down to the Catskills with my buddy Jim again today to hike along the eastern escarpment, hoping to go from the bottom up. We spotted a first car at the Platte Clove parking lot, then drove down seasonal Platte Clove Road(which was still open) to a small pull off where the state access begins and private property ends. This would be our start for the day, at an elevation of about 1050 feet. Incredibly, Huckleberry Point's ledges sat a mere .4 of a mile away from us, but some 1150 feet higher.