First Winter Hike Of The Season

The weather gods smiled softly on us this past day. Outside temperatures hit 50F degrees and by 1PM New Year’s Day, many of the hiking trails filled up with sports enthusiasts eager to enjoy the warmer climate. DH and I were no exceptions. At first we wanted to walk at one of our favorite paths along The Hudson River. It may have been warm outside BUT it was very windy along the shoreline, which made walking a bit difficult.

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The path down to The Hudson River

So, we hiked at another one of our favorite spots, Mills Mansion in Staatsburg, NY. The mansion had just undergone some renovations and was the perfect backdrop to this sunny, wonderful first day of the New Year. Nature-made ponds (more like puddles) dotted the landscape (due to the recent heavy rains) which many ducks and Canadian geese seemed to be enjoying.

The end of our hike found us sitting on a park bench, overlooking breathtaking views of the property, the river and The Catskill Mountains as a backdrop. Just perfect! Enjoy:

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  1. Just beautiful Cindi! Yesterday was wonderful but windy at 55 degrees here. So blessed it was sunny instead of the heavy rain that has accompanied every warmer day for the last month. The wind blew many branches down and I spent the day clearing branches and debris out of the stream that clears the puddles that form in my backyard now that I have forty less trees. At the end, I got to enjoy gazing at a brilliant sunset.
    Came in hungry, muscles a bite sore, and tired from the physical work. Lara


    • Hi Lara. It was a wonderful respite from all that rain we had. Glad you were out enjoying it. That sun felt so, so good!


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