Monday, August 9, 2010

The Legend Of Bonticou Crag

Yours truly, standing atop Bonticou Crag in the Mohonk Preserve.
When:Sunday, August 8th, from 8am to 12pm
Where:Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner, New York
What:Hiking with Janel
Weather:Cool morning, warm afternoon.

As far as I know, there is no legend of Bonitcou Crag. I just thought it sounded cool. I did decide to Google it though, just in case, and found out there IS a legend of the Manticou Crab.

The two are unrelated.

Bonticou Crag is one of the many, splendid summits in the Mohonk Preserve. It lies in the Shawangunk Mountains at the southern edge of the Catskills.

I didn't bother reading about the Manticou Crab, although it looked pretty small.

Someone had suggested this area to my sister awhile back. We have since been trying to find a day to drive into NY and do the hike. We succeeded this past weekend.

It was well worth the wait.

Once again, the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference provided the outline. We actually morhped 2 different hikes on the site so that we could make it longer and still reach the top of the crag.

Once again, it took us considerably less time than they had suggested, but we had plenty of exercise and plenty of time to catch up.

For those who haven't adventured to this "not too far from Jersey" part of NY state, it is well worth the trip. I would advise, however, leaving early in the AM, as the hippy-dippy town of New Paltz and surrounding countryside and garden stands seem to get plenty of weekend traffic.

We took the opportunity to hit a roadside market for some local produce and were on our way back to the Jerz just after noon.

I have to say that this was a wonderful day and completely exceeded my expectations. After too much running around the week prior and a sub-par experience on a tuna trip the day before, it afforded me the opportunity to unwind and spend some quality time with my sister. It's time like these that remind me what the important things in life really are.

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