The Hudson River Valley is one of the most beautiful places on Earth
On Sunday, I found myself playing by the Hudson River after a very early morning at the office. As I sat in my car at the end of work, I had an internal struggle to decide between taking a nap and going outside. My trip to Patagonia gets closer each day, so I decided to let nature win out.
Originally my intent had been to climb to the top of Mt. Beacon and get some clear photos of the river and some fresh air. The trailhead was packed with cars – I counted two dozen before deciding to find a quieter haunt. I trekked further down route 9, towards Cold Spring, and stopped at Little Stony Point Park.
Little Stony Point requires almost no investment for an awesome return. The hike to the best view is only four minutes long, and when you reach the top you feel like you’ve almost cheated for your reward. The lookout has a number of rock formations that are awesome to sit down on and relax for a while. Even on a windy Sunday in January, the rocks provided shelter from the strong winds coming off the water. I was grateful for that, since I ventured out in a sweatshirt and a down vest. Continue reading →