I think its typical that when we think of the state of New York our minds automatically jump to New York City and sprawling urban boroughs. The next place you might think of is upstate New York near Buffalo and Albany, which is undeniably a beautiful mix of civilization and countryside. But you don’t even have to go that far to get away from the city dust.
The Appalachian Trail goes through what, if you’re looking at a map, would be the gun hilt of the state in the south eastern corner. Less than 70 miles from NYC, the countryside spreads out into rolling hills and green pastures as we go through the Taconic and then the Catskills Mountains.
New York is also home to some of the lowest elevations we’ve seen yet. This is part of the reason the bugs are so abundant. On the bright side, unlike in Connecticut, camp fires are not forbidden here. If you didn’t know, fire is your best friend to discourage the mosquitoes from chasing you into your tent at night. And who doesn’t enjoy a nice fire? Thank you, New York.
This boardwalk stretches for .2 miles across a swampy area and back into the woods.
There are even Adirondack chairs if you were so inclined to have a sit and watch the cattails sway…
By the way, cattails are not edible. We tried.
But as evidenced by the AT train stop, the line between city and country isn’t a hard one to cross.
We have hiked over 750 miles by now, over a third of a way. I’m excited to be putting these New England states behind us, as it looks like we will be entering Pennsylvania by the beginning of September. Starting the middle states will be a huge milestone.