I blab a bit about the stress of city life here in Manhattan and dream often of trips out of the city which these
days are too few and far between. And when I think about getting out, I usually contemplate trips West, heading
into the open spaces in Colorado, Utah or even California. But there are places around here that can make a weekend
getaway less of an ordeal.
One of the places I’d like to head soon is written up very nicely in
this Backpacker article by Johnathan
Dorn. Dorn takes us along the Long Path, the aptly named 329-mile trail running from the George Washington Bridge (on
the Jersey side) along the Palisades escarpment and deep into the heart of the Shawangunk Mountains (or Gunks),
Catskill Park, and on, before it almost reaches the Adirondacks.
I’ve read about the Long Path before, but it had kind of slipped my mind before I read this article, and was very
pleased to read more about it. Over numerous weekends Dorn and buddy James foot it along more than half the trail’s
total length, and savor the sights and smells of the near-city getaway. I’ve just bookmarked the story for future
reference, because I plan to take on some of the trail myself. Soon. So stay tuned.