Hiking at Minnewaska State Preserve

Saturday was our second day visiting my parents’B bungalowB in Monticello, NY. B After our bums (okay just mine) was a bit sore fromB pseudoB mountain biking we figured we should try hiking. B I picked the Minnewaska State Preserve as somewhere I once have been 10 years ago that provided long carriage roads of walking.

Our first goal after parking was to walk from Minnewaska Lake to Awosting Lake. B Something that was a simple 3 mile walk down a carriage walk… a three mile walk in 90 degrees but still seemed easy. B Then we got distracted by something called a “Blueberry trail”

Big bad bear….

We figured how long could something called a Blueberry path be…. Clearly we did not check our maps… B This bridge was made by a veryB ambitiousB group of girlB scoutsB or so the sign said.

In the end the Blueberry path was 2 mile hike that included moderate ascends and descends that were pretty easy had it not been 90 degrees. B At least we didn’t starve

Funny thing about this picture is that I have one from 10 years ago back when I was a chunky kid who hated the world and all that punk rock anarchy oi oi oi teen angst.

We did finally find an end to the veryB delusionalB blueberry path (or hike) that came with an amazing view!

These views were what made me want to return here!

We relaxed and snacked by the lake. B Some people were swimming but I’m a pansy who gets cold easily so I just watched and basked in the heat. B Afterwards we took an easy 3.5 mile walk around the Lake Awosting

I love daisies! B The 3 mile hike back to the car however was a little rough….

We continued onto the never ending path of return to our car! B 5 waterbottles and 11 miles later we were ready to go eat and rest…

Of course it’s been hours since our last McDonalds stop…

We start looking a little like this if we go too long without food

And there’s only so muchB granolaB & nuts you can eat… so a stop was required….

Dear aspiring chefs: Please go to upstate NY and open us businesses so next time I’m there I don’t have a diet of McDonalds!

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