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Wiley Shelter

If you take the Metro North towards Wassaic on the weekend, it’ll drop you off at a little bench in the woods so you can go camping. But you know that.

If you leave the bench and go west on the Appalachian Trail, you’ll hit the Telephone Pioneers shelter in about 4 miles. If you go east, you’ll hit the Wiley Shelter in about 6. There are lean-tos past both of these, but these are the closest places to lay your head after you get off that big gray speeding bullet.

If you decide to hike towards the Wiley Shelter, you’ll go through twenty minutes of a cattle farm until you reach the thin forest. If you happen to be wearing your Mets hat, be sure not to pull any Mitch and Norman type escapades. And keep your eye out for wild turkeys. From there, follow the white blaze for about 5.5 miles until you come across Wiley. Tons of places to set up a tent, a well with freezing cold water, and the faint sound of the Metro North’s horn make it a hell of an overnight. Especially during this time of year when you can remember what it feels like to actually need a fire.

MP3: Creedence Clearwater Revival – Long As I Can See The Light

October 6, 2008 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Appalachian Trail

If you live in New York City, one of the best things you can do on a weekend is hike some of the Appalachian Trail. Get on the Harlem line of the Metro North and take the train to the Appalachian Trail stop. When you get off, start walking west  through a long swampy boardwalk of nine foot high cattails, wildflowers, and dragonflies. You’ll wind through some woods and then find yourself in an open field that cuts across the side of a local farm. It’s a breathtaking 1862 looking stretch that you should take real slow as there’s a road you’re about to cross in just under a mile. After you cross that road, continue on for about a quarter mile and drop your stuff off at Telephone Pioneer Shelter, one of the many AP lean-tos. Drink some water and go another three miles in the woods past long stone walls on the white blaze to Nuclear Lake. Take a right at the lake’s loop and lay down in the huge green open field and jump in and swim for the rest of the afternoon. The lake gets its name from a nuclear testing site that used to be there in the late 70s. The plant had a little explosion that leaked into the lake but it was cleaned up and is now safe to enjoy. And enjoy it you will. When you’re done swimming, hike three miles back and stop at Cat’s Rock to watch the sun go down over the farm that you hiked across just a few hours previous.

If you’re traveling around June and July, most likely you’ll have some Appalachian Trail thru-hikers to share your campfire with and provide the evening’s storytelling. Pack some extra food for them. They love quesadillas and Twizzlers.

I wish I could use a few more adjectives and paint a better picture of how monumentally beautiful this stretch of Appalachian trail is, but right now I think I’ll leave it to the very poorly developed pictures that are linked above.

MP3: Fleetwood Mac – Save Me A Place

MP3: Grateful Dead – Ramble On Rose

June 9, 2008 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }