Hiking Trails Metro NorthWalking trails Metro Nord
And I never had the opportunity to take the trains directly to a country viewing path. I and my hiking friend reached the Appalachian trail stop on the Harlem line of Metro North after about two hrs. and a fast shuttle. It was a small wood deck right next to the trailer; I tried to think how odd it could look as an AT-Thru walker to trip onto railroad rails leading to New York City.
First we took a few photos and then we headed south (SoBo in migration language), crossed a wood walkway and started to quickly start climbing. In the middle of the ascent my hiking companion phoned me that she needed a rest. AT - at least the New York section - doesn't pride itself on the long, continuous, over 1,000 feet long ascents I was used to from the Colorado Trail, but the gentle slopes and cliffs are quite relentless, as we would be learning over the next four nights.
Our first overnight stay was at the Morgan Stewart Shelter, about 10 leagues from the station. The early choice to drive less kilometres means we had more free space for climbing, photography, relaxation and general trailer fun. There were many fields to be admired, ponds and climbing along the way.
In the animal sanctuary, which is essentially a roofed deck for those who weren't on the AT, we encountered a few wanderers and another couple of NYC-based week-end fighters who had made the unwise choice not to provide a filtration or purification system. Some of us sharing some jodine with our thankful roommates who returned with candy.
During our second overnight stay at Clarence Fahnestock State Park (the camping site was much more difficult to find than the guides, and we walked 18 miles), an elderly couple gave us a jar of clean drinking cold running hot tubs. Spending our third evening at a monastery-supported ball field camp site, we saw a Scottish socio thru wanderer, a group of older boys who tested the trailer to see if they wanted to do a thru walk - the response seemed to be a definite no - and a young vet and his friend who tried their first thru walk.
There were stags, bunnies, turkeys and even a serpent that ate a frozen fish (That was really chilly, and also very puzzling at the beginning. It turned out that it was because we thought that the snakesnake' s skull was actually a worm that the snakes had trapped in their pines. Although we crossed streets every few kilometres, it felt as if we were in the countryside.