There was no end to the rain as I hiked on Sunday, May 7th. Rocks were very slippery, and moving forward was both difficult and slow. I managed to cover 14 miles, but it took 11 hours. Several times I wondered what I was doing out here. Frustrating day.
Monday was a big day, as I met up with Diane for the second time. After another 14-miler, she picked me up on top of Bear Mountain. We stayed at Bear Mountain Lodge, about 15 minutes away from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Tuesday, May 9th, we definitely got a lot accomplished. After breakfast, I resupplied and did my laundry, but the highlight of the day was a tour of USMA and a visit to the West Point Museum.
This is a special place. Later in the afternoon I did a short slack-pack, then we went out to eat. Nice day.
This is Bear Mountain Bridge crossing the Hudson River. The bridge is part of the Trail. This part of NY is truly beautiful. Coincidentally, the base of Bear Mountain (actually in a bear pen in the state park zoo) is the lowest elevation of the entire Appalachian Trail, which is 124 feet. Interestingly, the Trail goes right through the zoo.
Wednesday was a full day of slack-packing, 18 miles down Bear Mountain and north to Clarence Fahnestock State Park. For our last night, we went to an Italian restaurant in Highland Falls. It was nice ending to our visit.
The next morning Diane dropped me back off at the trail. It was great seeing her. Diane even hiked with me for a bit before we said goodbye. She’s the best.
This is the top of Shenandoah Mountain in Clarence Fahnestock State Park, NY. The artist painted a 911 Memorial Flag.
I had to go on a bit of private property on Friday, May 12th, as I was hiking over several stiles and through a lot of farmland. These cows were very curious as to why I was in their field. The path you see is the Trail.
I crossed from New York into Connecticut Saturday, May 13th.