Gorgeous day for a climb in the Gunks. We spent one of the last nice days this season at Mohonk Preserve, which is in Shawangunk Ridge, a very popular climbing destination in the Appalachian Mountains, 90 miles (140 km) north of New York City,
As my irises adjusted, I started to see movement and fur: a few couches, a love-seat here or there that seemed relaxed and breathing slowly somehow, a television screen blocked by two pairs of ears across the room, counter tops with fluffy paws resting on them… and finally I took in that there were about eighteen warm, fuzzy bodies laying around on comfortable couches, sofas, loveseats, or just the floor next to the fireplace.
I am happy to report that we are home now from a trip up into New England that was treacherous at its worst, cold enough to freeze our noses at best.
I did get my driver to pull the car aside a few times so I could capture the majestic mountains at distances equal to that of the heavens. That, and a few horses. Enjoy.
For those of us who are less winter-go-lucky (or problematically asthmatic), there was the spa escape of a mountain resort, an adventure spent dog-sledding in Eden, and the day we all went snow shoeing up in Smuggler's Notch. We'd done this same hike last year, and so I took the opportunity to lag behind, nurse my winter lungs, and take a few glorious shots in the woodsy surround.