I did promise there would be more to come and I do like to keep my promises.
Tuesday’s forecast called for rain but we sure were not going to let that determine what we could or couldn’t do. We had promised ourselves a hike on one of the many trails in the vicinity and hike we would. After a hearty frittata breakfast, to The Comeau Property, we went. A mere hop, step and a jump away from our Airbnb and right in the middle of Woodstock. Not what one would call a challenging hike but it was a very pleasant walk along the Sawkill Stream.
Arriving at the parking lot, we found a map of the trail, (Did I take a picture? Of course not!) So this one was snagged from the website.
See that map on the right panel? Yeah well… I dunno who was behind the design of the thing but it was confusing as all get-out! And bass-ackwards. We found the short trail – coz it was right there behind said “Info Centre”. The trail brought is immediately to the stream which seemed quite low. Hopping from one rock to another, we found ourselves right in the middle.
As we continued walking along the trail, the rain started, but the canopy of trees protected us. Besides, it didn’t last long. Before long, we realised we had gotten off the trail and found ourselves in the middle of a wide empty field. Or was it?
How cool to see this family of deer racing past. Thank goodness I had time to switch my zoom lens and capture them! I know for some it is no big whup to come across deer in mid-day but for us, it was magical.
It’s funny, we kinda forgot we were in the middle of the Catskill Mountains until we turned around.
We returned to the woods and continued our walk, enjoying the quiet. It is summer season and we were amazed at how few people we encountered. One was some weirdo chatting away on his cell… You are surrounded by nature and instead of listening to the sounds provided by said nature, you gotta jibber-jabber on the phone? To each his own. We were glad when he was no longer in our vicinity.
We ended up back in the parking lot, looked at the map again, tried to figure out just where the second trail started… I did mention it was not exactly clear. We crossed the street and lo and behold! There it was!
We walked along the trail, a lovely carpet of dried leaves cushioning our feet, the daylight shining through gaps in the canopy. We could hear the water nearby and the trail led us to it from this side. Did I mention how calming and soul-filling these walks can be?
This trail was so much more. The water flowed stronger and the vista was enchanting.
Of course, I’m a bit of a rebel, so I totally trespassed (with proof I was the only one…)
We drove back “home” in the rain and M decided it would be grand to go for a run. By the way, there may have been some rumblings of thunder. Just sayin’. I, totally NOT a runner, especially not one in a storm, wished him well and stayed back to get ready for the movies. We had checked the local listing and decided to go for a short drive to see the afternoon viewing of “Oceans 8”, which we both enjoyed, along with a mega bucket of popcorn.
I had seen a video of a certain sandwich on the Facebooks and we decided to try it. I mean come ON… we already had my fab vodka mix; all we needed was to pick up a few more ingredients so I could make us “Bloody Mary Grilled Cheese”. We did not have the perfect bread (or a quick dip would have been better) but taste-wise? Yeah, baby! I am so doing these again.
The rain had stopped again and we decided to sit outside under the balcony for an early nightcap. We were blessed once again with a couple of visitors. Luckily I was able to capture this little guy.
And then this beauty.
This was turning into a fabulous getaway in the presence of most pleasant company, both the four-legged and two-legged kind.
Next up, THE site!
Part one is here, for anyone interested…