This week is my spring break and while I still have to work (it never ends), I do have a little more free time. Also, it's not spring no matter what the calendar will say in a few days, we still have a fair amount of snow on the ground and the temperature for this fine Sunday afternoon is still in the 30s!
I have done some hiking in the past few months and had a chance to use my snowshoes a few times this winter which is atypical. I had also bought some microspikes to strap on my boots which have been helpful as well given all the ice this year.
Here's what's been keeping me busy since the spring semester began in mid-January...
A mid-January hike around Lake Minnewaska on a gray and dreary day (it was snowing lightly).
An early February hike on a relatively warm (upper 30s) day from Spring Farm up to Cope's Lookout (one of my two favorite places on the Mohonk Preserve).
An early February excursion into an abandoned cement mine near Kingston to view some really neat ice spires that had formed (some over 6 feet high!).
Photos by Andy Milford
A mid-Feburary hike on a rare blue-sky day to mostly frozen Awosting Falls at Lake Minnewaska State Park.
An early March hike to Vernooy Kill Falls in the Catskills.
So, I've been busy even though not posting here!