"Outdoors" tag

Mills-Norrie State Park

I must confess I had to steel myself for this walk in the blazing sunlight of a torrid July morning. But I was already at the park for a kayak tour from the…

Weeds you can eat

Peter Dykeman and I are strolling through a sunny field in Rhinebeck looking for food ā€“ not garden crops, for which it is far too early, but edible wild plants. Iā€™m expecting that…

Up at Mohonk

One of the pleasures of living in New Paltz is the constant sight of the Shawangunk Ridge. The defining visual element of our landscape, it frames and bounds our view to the west….

Stanford Wildlife Preserve

After a week or more of mostly rainy weather, the return of sunshine and blue skies inspired us to go for a walk — but where? On our return from a Father’s Day…

Explore with the kids – Hudson River

What fun can you get into today? ā€“ Janet Straightarrow Hudson Valley: Connecting with the River Summer in the Hudson Valley! To our family, one of the best parts of this season is…

Giant’s Ledges

For a sense of wildness in nature, in the spirit of adventure, one can travel far while hardly leaving home. There has been a human presence in forests, and on even the most…

Tivoli Bays

There are walks we take that are best thought of as forays, or scouting expeditions. They are attempts to find one’s way into and within a vast and teeming ecosystem, an inexhaustible field…

The Marsh in Spring

A beloved place is like a reliable friend: it demands nothing from you, asks only for your patient attention, that you enter into its presence with an open heart and a listening mind….

Thompson Pond Preserve

On my recent spring walk at Thompson Pond, at the foot of Stissing Mountain in Pine Plains, I was able to savor all of the elements and qualities that I associate with the…

Dickie Barre

What does one make of a hike that begins at a graveyard? Only that the human lives, and deaths, that transpired here cannot be disentangled from the life of the place we enjoy…

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