|Harriman State Park: streams were running high after a heavy rainstorm earlier in the week|
We headed out in a light snow fall. I like hiking in the winter forest and the light snow added to the atmosphere.
|This is my favorite picture. This was the first hike with my new hiking poles and they were a smashing success in the aged-knee-preservation department.|
|Hurricane Sandy damage: trees down in Harriman State Park|
|Imagine the force needed to take down this tree|
|This tree grew on top of a rock slab, so the root "ball" was about 3 inches of pretty flat roots. Amazing that the tree stayed upright for over 100 years! You can see the exposed rock to the left of the tree.|
We hiked for about 3 hours (7.4 miles). Map is below; I don't remember the particular trails, unfortunately. What an amazing hike! I particularly enjoyed the open views (no leaves on the trees!) and empty trails.
|View point over Harriman State Park: a winter storm is coming in the distance.|
|Proof that Dan was on the hike|