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Tag Archives: New York
On Monday, we decided on a moderate 7.2 mile hike, the Catskill Escarpment Loop. We drove from Saugerties into Haines Falls, turning right onto North Lake Road and then right onto Schutt Road, parking at GPS coordinates 42.20105/-74.05807.
On Friday afternoon, we endured two hours of painful bumper-to-bumper traffic to escape from New York City, and then continued driving to the Catskills, where we checked into the Howard Johnson’s in Saugerties.
The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation lists Marine Park, at 530 acres, as the largest public park in Brooklyn (narrowly beating out Prospect Park, which is listed as 526 acres). Marine Park includes an area northwest of Avenue U that includes a jogging track and baseball fields, and an area southeast of Avenue U that includes a golf course and the Salt Marsh Nature Center.
This was the third time I completed this particular hike, one of my favorites in the New York area. The first time was a solo hike, On June 12, 2011, and the second time was with friends, on October 14, 2012. This was the first time that Batya had been on this hike.
We had a previous hike of the western section of the Shore Parkway Greenway about a year before, and decided to repeat the walk on this day.
We finally had a nice-enough day that we felt like going outdoors, though we still didn’t feel like battling Manhattan traffic. Therefore, we went east to Long Island, to Connetquot River State Park Preserve, which I had visited on October 30, 2011.
We visited Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, which is located on Lloyd Neck, a peninsula into Long Island Sound. The following two posters present a history of the property, which became a state park in 1961.
Shore Parkway Greenway (eastern section), Brooklyn to Queens, Kings County & Queens County, New York
We previously hiked the western section of the Shore Parkway Greenway and (what we thought) was half of the eastern section, from Brigham Street to the Canarsie Pier.
Suri and Greg joined Batya and me as we drove up to Beacon. It had been four years since I last enjoyed this same hike, but it was new to the three of them. The parking lot at Mount Beacon Park was full, but we parked on the street just outside the parking lot, next to a non-native Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana):
Having previously hiked the western section of the Shore Parkway Greenway, we decided to hike half of the eastern section, from Brigham Street to the Canarsie Pier. (We had intended to take this route on our last walk, but had mistakenly turned right on Flatbush Avenue, leading us to walk across the Marine Parkway Bridge to the Rockaway Peninsula.)