11-19-13 A Birthday Stroll- Palisades Interstate Park – Alpine NJ

And your mind is reeling as the sky is changing
All you’re feeling and you’re re-arranging
The rest of your life like lines on an old sailors chart
Fred Eaglesmith / Mary Gauthier

And the Hudson, it holds the life
we thought we did it on our own
I thought I had no sense of place or past
time was too slow, but then too fast
the river takes us home at last

Dar Williams

Took a long walk today through Palisades Interstate Park, the Alpine, New Jersey section, to contemplate my birthday…

Okay, that’s enough of that.

What did become clear is that I have not been getting down to the river nearly enough and that, at least, will be changing.  Revamped website is almost done. Rethought book is closing in to lay out.  It is past time for me to stake these things down and move on to the next cycle.

Meanwhile, take a little hike with me but watch out for the Park Rangers trucks!

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3-14-11 The Shore Trail @ Palisades Interstate Park

I thought a good way to start the week would be a jaunt to New Jersey so I took the 1 to 181st Street and walked the bridge 

to the Palisades Interstate Park. There are approximately 26 miles of hiking trails in the park and I wanted to walk part of the Shore Trail.

I walked from the southern entrance to the bridge down the hill into the park and then north under the bridge

through the Ross Dock Picnic Area

until I was opposite the Cloisters, doubled back to Carpenters Trail where I ascended stairs that rise 300 feet in 2/10 of mile

 

 

 

(Reminder that you can see larger pictures if you click on the image.)

and walked the end of the Long Path back to the bridge

and on to Manhattan.

It was a good pre-spring day, nice hiking weather, not too many people around.  (I bet it is crowded on a summer weekend)

Two teenage girls asked me to take their picture on their iPhones with the bridge as backdrop , a model was getting some shots done with the bridge as the background, a mother and son from Germany asked me to take their picture with their Nikon D700 (gear envy!)… with the bridge as background . The deer didn’t ask me to take their picture and would not pose with the bridge in the background but I took a picture anyway. I also met this fellow…but he wasn’t talking…

Later this year when I have the right shoes I will be back to walk the rest of this trail. I also want to walk part of The Long Path but probably not all 347 miles.