For those who know the Mohonk Preserve, I started at Clove Chapel, went up Undivided Lot Trail to Stokes Trail to Maple Path to Laurel Ledge Road to Cope's Lookout. It's a couple of miles and about 1,000 feet of elevation gain. On the return, I went down Cathedral Path to Laurel Ledge Path to Clove Path and back to Undivided Lot Trail. It was a nice hike and Undivided Lot Trail is one of the more remote areas of the Preserve (which I like since I rarely run into people).
Going to the gym three times a week since last September has paid off. I'm definitely hiking better than I was last summer - especially on the uphill segments.
Signs of spring abounded in the woods. Here are some fiddleheads poking up through the dead leaves.
These little pinkish flowers are on blueberry bushes.
A flowering tree.
I don't know offhand what the tree is, but here's a slightly blurry closeup of the flower.
And, since I'm a geologist, here's a nice example of physical weathering as the rock breaks down along bedding planes and vertical joint sets.
And who can resist a nice set of chatter marks and glacial striations.
And some fault striations on the side of a crevice.
Here's a scenic view of Cope's Lookout. The cliffs on the left are the Trapps - a world-class rock climbing destination. The valley on the right is Clove Valley and, geologically, a syncline where the Shawangunk Conglomerate bedrock downwarps into a trough.
Here's how I like to eat lunch - sitting on a cliff with my feet dangling off.
I'll close with a self-portrait...