Friday, May 11, 2012 - a bonanza of creature sightings today! First here are a 'Goose' and a 'Groundhog' (along with 'Maverick', all thru-hikers):
Before starting my hike today I spoke to the proprietor of the hilltop hot Dog stand on NY 17A above the town of Warwick, NY. He gave me the full rundown on the big party Warwick is having on June 30th to celebrate being the first town in New York State to become an official (ATC designated) Appalachian Trail Community. Part of that involves the relocation of the trail from where my guidebook says it comes out (near the hot dog stand on Continental Drive), to an abandoned house down the road. That house is to be town down (by June 30th?) and replaced by a huge new AT parking lot:
Today there were two short bits of the same sort of tough trail, Cat Rocks and the Eastern Pinnacles. But both were short and both offered blue blazed bypass trails (for wet conditions, lazy or tired or less adventurous hikers, and those who want to leave their packs at the end and then go back and scramble the rocks without the extra weight). It's nice to have choices ... but for me, of course, there was but one choice - 'religiously' pass every white blaze in both directions. And once again doing the trail twice paid dividends. The first time over Cat Rocks I didn't notice the Raven's nest, and the milk snake and bears were nowhere in sight on my first passing of their locations. In the end, not a bad harvest of photos and memories ... and not a bad day to be out on the trail.
Here's a map and link to more photos. The straight line segment is an artifact that I don't know how to get rid of. It indicates that I turned off my GPS while I drove from one parking/access/trailhead to the next.
AT Day 121 - Warwick NY at EveryTrail
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