|A strangely split tree trunk on the Notch trail|
I went past the turn-off for the Casino trail, specifically to hit at least the very first scenic viewpoint on the Wilkinson Memorial trial.
I think I counted 7-10 for sure all at once. I stayed for a while, watching. It was amazing. Afterward, I considered going on for the Fishkill Ridge trail, but that was clearly going to be too ambitious. Instead, I backtracked to the Casino trail.
However, as I approached the cement ruins that lead to the overlook, I decided to take a shortcut to the descent rather than going up to see the mechanism again. As it turns out, that particular footpath, after an initial descent, did not rejoin the red-blazed Casino path. Instead, it followed the contour lines of the hill to my right and led to this very cool ruined house, which I'd never seen before:
|Home, Sweet Home|
All in all, including detours intended and unintended, it was about 12.5 miles. From Cold Spring train station, I went up Washburn (white) to Notch (blue) to Breakneck Ridge (white) to Wilkinson Memorial (yellow) to Casino (red). Thereafter, I walked down 9D (Wolcott Ave) toward the Beacon train station, but turned right on Tioranda Avenue after crossing Fishkill Creek to get to Main Street. This turns out to be the ideal way to reach Main Street, as far as I'm concerned. You come out right at the heart of the restaurant area - in fact, right across from the Beacon Falls Cafe, where I usually dine. Unfortunately, it was closed; apparently their Sunday hours are 10-4, worse luck! I went down toward the train station and bought some olive oil from Scarborough Fare.
|a tiny gem of a sunset back in the city|