I had mentioned wanting to spend at least a little time exploring some local hiking trails while we visited New York.
While I’m usually drawn to activities where I can sneak in some camera time, I also wanted to fit in a little bit of exercise to our holiday.
Luckily, the immediate area had a lot to offer and we chose an intermediate level trail on Mt Taurus, aka Bull Hill.
As mentioned in my previous post, the colors of Autumn were still in full effect during our time in New York.
In retrospect, the abandoned quarry at Bull Hill gave a real sense of scale to our little adventure.
I may have stopped often during our hike, obviously under the guise of a spectacular photo opportunity but mostly to catch my breath.
Turns out it was a really good idea that we stopped on the way to Bull Hill for some hard roll breakfast sandwiches.
As we made our way higher up, there were less leaves on the trees and more on the ground.
Hiking tip: leaves are slippery (wet or dry!)
We had a few other activities that day so we had to cut our hike a little short.
And of course we added a rock or three to the cairn we encountered for posterity/zen/whatever you fancy it to be about nowadays.
Did I mention New York is beautiful in autumn?
All told, we did between 4 or 5 miles of hiking.
One of our mid-hike realizations was about the timing of our trip, if we had visited in the summer, many of the sweeping views of the area we were able to enjoy would have largely been obstructed by foliage.
After our hike we visited Cold Spring for lunch and dessert.
The ice cream was a real treat, local and fresh.
After some rest, we decided to visit one of Ashley’s old high school hang outs, The Eveready Diner!
I’m not sure why Texas doesn’t really “do” diners, maybe we should. Maybe diner is just a fancy word for restaurant. Or maybe Tex-Mex just isn’t conducive to diners.
All in all, it was another great day exploring New York.
There’s a few more photos to share, so stay tuned!