Last year we went camping soon after our wedding and honeymoon. This year we decided to keep with that trend and go soon after our wedding anniversary. Our friend, one of Nol’s buddies from college tagged along.
Our camp ground was a little town near New Paltz! It was drizzling a tiny bit when we got there, so setting up the tent was our first challenge. Oh and, the boys forgot the rain fly… but no worries, they got resourceful and created a makeshift roof with some tarps pieced together. Problem solved!
After we set everything up, and ate lunch we headed to our hiking spot. The Minnewaska State Park Preserve! This is us, pre-exhuastion. Even from the start, the area was full of great views. But the best was yet to come.
This place did not fail to deliver at anything. Words really can’t do justice to the view from the cliffs here.
It was lightly raining on and off throughout our 8 mile hike. Slippery rocks slowed us down a bit…and when that wasn’t an issue we had to watch out for these big gaps! Good thing none of us have a fear of heights. Along the trail we made stops at Patterson’s Pellet, and eventually made it to Gertrude’s Nose, which offered another amazing view of the valley below. We sat there for a bit snacking on our munchies and resting before making the hike back down to Lake Minnewaska, where we had parked our car.
By the time we made it back down to the lake…. I think it took us about two hours? The sun decided to come out and play. It was the perfect ending to an exhausting day! There were moments I was very crabby with Nolan and thinking when on earth will this hike end? Not that I wasn’t having fun … but there were parts of the hike that were very grueling and I felt like I was getting my butt kicked by nature. Yeah, thanks nature. You WIN! But time and again … the payoff is always awesome. With views I will cherish for an entire lifetime…and so thankful I had the opportunity to physically get through this and enjoy these moments with Nol.
A panoramic shot of Lake Minnewaska. After we had hiked all day… we were primed for the camp fire and some relaxing. Hands down my favorite part of camping is starting the fire…and making some food and s’mores! Few things in life deliver such great satisfaction of having your food cooked by an open fire which also keeps you warm. The night was cool, but not too cool. And the ground…well it was pretty uncomfortable but I still slept like a baby because I was exhausted. Day 2 consisted of a hike in the same park but a different trail which would take us to Lake Awosting…. a body of water few people visit because it requires one to either hike or bike to the lake. :) Now that’s crowd control!
We were on Carriage trail for most of this hike. It made the hike we did the day before feel like the gauntlet! This trail was very well manicured ….there also wasn’t a lot of climbing involved. It was nice that this came on the second day …to give us a bit of a break.
One of my favorite parts of doing this trail…. were the views we saw of the other side — which were the areas we had hiked along just the day before!
Some more magnificent rock formations that took our breath away.
And Nol had to inch closer to the edge.
After about an hour more of walking at a leisurely pace, we made it to Lake Awosting… and sure enough it was void of annoying people.
However, as soon as we took our food out… these little guys managed to mosey on over. There are signs clearly posted that state not to feed them. But I have the sneaking suspicion most people don’t follow those rules…because they were awfully insistent. And don’t worry — we did not feed them. They had to learn to hard way.
After our delightful lunch — we headed back. Took us another hour and half I think. It was a great end to our two day adventure. Couldn’t have asked for a better companion to travel with…. love you Nol!