Sunday, May 31, 2009

Nyack Beach State Park

What a beautiful weekend!

We had planned a short hike in Buttermilk Falls County Park, NY with friends. The 'scenic' Buttermilk Falls turned out to be a mere trickle, and the 1.2 mile hike took less than an hour. Hunting for more action, we drove to Hook Mountain, but ended up at Nyack Beach State Park instead. Everybody fell in love with the scenery, so we took the pathway through the park, with the Hudson River on one side...
and the Palisades Sill on the other.
We came to a fork and had to pick between the Haverstraw Trail...
...and the slightly-ascending path that led to Rockland Lake.

Rockland Lake it was.
On the way back, we came across Woody Woodpecker, going at a tree bark, full throttle.
Here's his handiwork.

Can't blame our poor avian friend for this one.

Any of you nature enthusiasts know what this is?

We had dinner with our friends and got a little tipsy on dessert - liquor-filled chocolate candy.
Apart from a 7 mile run Friday evening that left my right foot complaining slightly, there was no running this weekend. I am looking forward to the "Train" Run on Saturday and hope my feet behave themselves.
Have a great week, everyone!

21 comments:

joyRuN said...

How much of that candy did you have if you got tipsy?!

Beautiful pics :)

Count of Monte Christo said...

That looks like an amazing hike! Great pics (though, I am not too sure what is shown in the last pic.

Have a great week and take care of the foot.

Mica said...

Ooh, that looks like a pretty hike! Is the last picture a moth's nest?

D10 said...

Great pictures. You should have taken a picture of your dessert!

Erica said...

What a beautiful day outside! Glad you found a second spot and enjoyed it

lindsay said...

great pics! looks like a great time :)

Irene said...

How lovely! I'd love to visit there!

J said...

Ever been to stony brook park? They have a some really nice waterfalls. I went last summer and it was beautiful and quite a hike!

I Run for Fun said...

J, thanks for the tip...I have to check it out.

Mica, I think it's a spider web, but I'm not entirely sure.

I Run for Fun said...

Joy, that candy is SO addicting! Groan!

The Happy Runner said...

I think the last pic is the work of gypsy moth caterpillars, or tent caterpillars. They are awful -- they destroy trees. Yuck.

Looks like you had a great hike! I always enjoy your photos.

I Run for Fun said...

Ah! The mystery is solved. Thanks, Felice.

Roisin said...

Those pictures are really great! Sounds like a good run to me!

Amy said...

Woah, pretty nature pics. Look at the woodpecker go!

Marlene said...

Looks like a beautiful place to hike!

Vickie said...

Looks like a great place to visit!

Heather said...

Looks like a fun time - great pictures!

X-Country2 said...

I love pictures of where people run/hike. Looks like a beautiful trip!

Abby said...

Wow, that woodpecker looks huge!!

Sounds like a gorgeous hike - definitely the perfect weekend for it!

Beth said...

Beautiful pictures. Sounds like a fun hike. Hope your feet are doing well!

lauren said...

I love the pictures and the fact that you got tipsy on liquor filled candy. fill me in on what kind that is!! :)