Well, friends, it’s been quite the year! When I’m old and grey and looking back on my travels, this will certainly be one of my favorite years to reference. Here’s how our adventure-filled 365 days played out:
A Day Trip to Phoenicia and Otter Falls
This past Sunday, Chris took me on a little day trip to Phoenicia, New York [which is about an hour away from where my mom lives in Newburgh] and then to Otter Falls, where he and a bunch of his friends run a relay every year.
But first, we stopped for pancakes at Sweet Sue’s Restaurant, which has a 24 Zagat rating for food and a seriously slammin’ menu of pancake options.
^^ Gotta love a town that puts on a rubber duckie race.
(And clearly reuses the sign year after year — so economical!)
^^ That’s a pretty spectacular backdrop for the Phoenicia Pharmacy, if I do say so myself.
^^ Cute little, awesome Sweet Sue’s Restaurant.
^^ These were my — wait for it — carrot. cake. pancakes.
With cream cheese sauce. ‘Nuff said.
^^ Chris went the savory route and got fresh corn cakes — equally delish.
^^ As of 2014, Phoenicia was home to 299 residents. I seriously love that.
^^ This eagle originated in Grand Central.
Here’s how it ended up in Phoenicia.
After loading up on pancakes, we headed to Otter Falls, which is about a 20-minute drive from Phoenicia. Here’s what the Hudson Valley Visit Vortex has to say about this swimming hole:
Located on state land, a small, but adventurous, side trail leads to the spectacular falls cascading down about 30 feet to a large deep basin measuring about 20 to 30 feet in diameter with a center depth between 6 and 8 feet. With recent rains it should be like a giant, cold-water Jacuzzi, say the locals. Otter Falls is only about a half-mile from the popular Giant Ledge trail parking area, making it an excellent stop after a hot, sweaty hike. Sundown, lat=42.0314, lon=-74.4201
Directions: From I-87, get off at Exit 19, Kingston exit, RT 28. Go northwest on RT 28 about 25 miles to Phoenicia. Then:To get here from RT 28 in Phoenicia: Continue west on Rt 28 through Shandaken to Big Indian. Turn south (left) on RT 47 (set odometer) and go about 6.6 miles to a telephone pole with mile post #167 1/2 on it. Other things to look for are the state land signs (the yellow ones with the DEC logo). This state land is the only State land on the west side of Route 47 in Big Indian Valley. (If you come to the “hairpin turn”, an extremely sharp right hand turn, on RT 47, you have gone about .5 mile too far.)
To find it after you park, you walk along the highway and search for the tree with the 111A 167 1/2 numbers on it [which was my ‘Photo of the Day’ photo from yesterday]. It’s a pretty fun, secluded little spot — definitely worth checking out.
^^ It’s only about 500 meters from the highway to the waterfall so,
you know, my kind of hike!
^^ I kept this photo because that black and white blur at the bottom right of the photo is a butterfly that was buzzing all around me. I snapped this one shot quickly, not hopeful to actually capture the little booger, and this is what I got. I kinda love it.
^^ We played around in the water leading into the waterfall for a bit.
And when I say “we”, I mean “Chris”.
And that’s about it, ya’ll! I’d highly recommend a trip to the water hole on a hot summer day — nothing beats it.
Bis bald, friends!