Minnewaska State Park Preserve @ Wawarsing, New York – 10.22.11
October 23, 2011 | Day Trips
I’ve been dying to get up to Upstate New York this Fall, just because I haven’t been up there since I got engaged at Peekamoose Waterfalls. On Saturday October 22nd, Kristen and I met up with my Aunt Deb, Uncle Bill and my cousins for a hike/walk around Minnewaska State Park Preserve near New Paltz. I think everyone else had the same idea because it was pretty crowded!
Going to hike up in the mountains isn’t really about the leaves really, but it certainly doesn’t help when they are changing. I just wanted to get out, take some pictures and go to somewhere I haven’t done before. We decided to go to Minnewaska since Mohonk Preserve is pricey for some reason. We drove up the mountain, and few lots were full so we had to keep going. We went to the nice waterfall right off the parking area for a little bit, took some pictures at the top of it and walked down to get some better shots. I never knew this waterfall was here so it was nice to see that right off the bat. After that, we had to trek up the damn mountain to the next parking area to get to the Lake. If the lot wasn’t full, we could have just drove up that. And with our luck, as we’re slowly walking up the hill, the parking lot was re-opened so cars were just driving right by us. But I guess I could have used the exercise anyway.
The lake was nice, and we started to walk around the right hand side of the lake and realized we wanted to go on the other side. We walked for a little bit but turned back since we had to walk down that mountain again. It stunk we couldn’t have walked around the entire thing but we saw enough that day. After Minnewaska, we went back into New Paltz with the rest of the world and had some great food at The Gilded Otter. Gotta love those French Fries!
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