|Blueberries always slow my pace a bit...|
|pretty red fungus|
So, I chose the cooler day of the weekend for a hike, and decided to take a relatively steep, short, and shaded route (Washburn up and over Bull Hill, to Nelsonville and down Main Street) rather than doing the long walk I longed for. To avoid the worst of the heat, I set out for Grand Central just before 6 am, and arrived in Cold Spring at 8:15 am. It was OK, and I had plenty of water, but I still was wishing I'd left an hour earlier. By the time I got back to Cold Spring, it was already 86 degrees.
It was nice by the water, though, where I ate some lunch while awaiting the train.
Apparently, Cold Spring is having their big Independence Day celebration today, with a concert and fireworks. So they're expecting mobs -- just not on the trails.
|Nelsonville has gotten some trail maintenance...|
It actually took me a while to realize why so many shops and homes were displaying patriotic bunting. It's so fixed in my mind that Independence Day is this coming Wednesday, a day for picnicking and the Cyclones, that it didn't occur to me that many celebrations would actually take place on the preceding weekend.