10 Best Hikes in the Hudson Valley

Best Hudson Valley Hikes

The Hudson Valley is a hiker’s paradise.  Although it is just one to two hours north of New York City, it is a world away in terms of what it has to offer.  You can hike the Hudson Valley around water lily-filled ponds, to scenic overlooks with stunning views of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson … Read more

Hike the Shaupeneak Ridge Trail

Shaupeneak Ridge

A beautiful lake spreads before me.  Thousands of flowering water lilies dot the surface.  Woods surround the lake, providing shelter from the warm summer day.  A lone kayaker paddles slowly by.  I sit on the bench and take in this incredibly beautiful scene.  No time right now to learn how to hike the Shaupeneak Ridge … Read more

Poets Walk, NY

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I sit on a bench in the small rustic gazebo and gaze at the view.  Woods surround me.  A small lily pond, crowded with flowering water plants, ends at the arched bank to a railroad.  On the other side is the beautiful Hudson River.  Dragon flies buzz quietly nearby.  The Catskill Mountains are silhouetted behind … Read more

Bonticou Crag Hike and Northeast Trail

Bonticou Crag Hike

The red mark indicates straight ahead.  Straight ahead is a tumble of rocks with no clear path between them.  I raise my right foot up as high as it can, shifting my weight onto my toes and press my hand against the smooth rock above me.  I immediately raise my left foot to wedge me … Read more

Black Creek Preserve Trail

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I peer through the trees and see a glimpse of water.  A little further down the path, a gap in the trees opens and the full view of the Hudson River open up.  I sit on a large boulder under the shade of a large pine tree.  Below me is a small pebbly beach.  A … Read more

Trekking Rwenzori Mountains National Park: THE MYSTICAL MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON, UGANDA

Rwenzori Mountains trekking

I feel like I am walking through an alien landscape.  Plants that look like enormous cabbages mounted on the tops of tall stalks tower overhead.  Giant lobelias – usually only 3-36 inches (10-90 cm) tall – make me feel small.  Mist clings to these plants, adding to the atmosphere.  A dramatic mountain peak rises far … Read more


Laguna Torre Hike

As I get to the top of the ridge, my jaw drops in amazement at the scene in front of me. Cerro Torre, a sheer, jagged pinnacle, towers behind the circular Laguna Torre lake.  A glacier glides down the side of the steep mountain.  Two iridescent blue icebergs float lazily around the lake.  This is … Read more

Best Hiking Gear for Beginners

Best Hiking Gear for Beginners

If you are new to hiking, you are probably wondering what should be in your hiking starter kit.  For a full list of the best day hiking gear, check out my Day Hike Packing List.  This is a comprehensive list, but not all of this is absolutely necessary for a beginner hiking gear list.  More … Read more