Friday, November 13, 2009

Hiking - A Catskill Potpourri

Today, Holly and I went hiking with our friends John and Diane. With hunting season in full swing to our north, we headed south to the Catskills, where it's still another week before the guns start blazing.

About an hour and a quarter from home, we parked on Roaring Brook Road and started up the Pecoy Notch Trail to the Devil's Path high above. About a mile from the car, we reached our destination, Dibble's Quarry. This is an abandoned bluestone quarry where a lot of debris remains strewn across the hillside. Persons unknown have constructed elaborate walls, chairs, fireplaces, and even a lighthouse here from the leftover stone slabs. Here, John and Diane are relaxing in the "throne room".

And Holly surveys her realm from the "Druid's Throne".

The views here are well worth the short hike, and the stonework alone makes it a very interesting destination.

When we got back to the car, it was still early, and the forecast rain was nowhere in sight, so we took a side trip to Kaaterskill Falls, in Kaaterskill Clove. 3 of the 4 of us had never been there before, so this was an added treat. We watched as a young couple wandered along the top of the lower falls, a place where many before have fallen to their deaths. It's a spectacular place with a long history, and it was nice to finally get to see it.

All in all, another fine November day outdoors, before an expected very wet weekend.

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