Linda and Mellonie ..
.. and I started off early in the morning
Audrey missed her exit where we met to car pool ..
..Chris got there as well ..
We were the first at McDonald's
Chris trying to figure out the route in case he gets lost
Part of the gang fortifying themselves for the day’s hike
Soon others joined in
“hmmm, what’s this on my fleece?”
Hey Manick, take a picture of me!
Chris trying to convince Linda he really does know where he’s going!
Mr. ‘Cool’ Don talking to the group
The gang's all here
Don briefing us
Ok, ok, let’s get this show on the road
Audrey and Gavin
We set off on a fast pace
Cathy takes the lead
Connie racing Gavin (I don’t think Gavin realized it was a race….)
The group pic ..
.. with me in it .. thanks Don
watch that incline Dave !
It was serious bushwacking
.. and down we went ..
until we hit a road
There were still a lot of trecherous dried leaves .. hiding holes, rocks and snakes?
A panaromic view of the Spring Farm trailhead
A reprieve from the hills…
….an enjoyable reprieve…
Pausing for a few minutes before we ..
.. aim for the Crag
Our cute photographer and our guide posing for posterity
the frustrated model…
Not bad, Connie!
Off we go, back on the trail
Frolicking around ..
Is that Audrey in the lead??? She always is ..
At the foot of the Crag
Waiting for the rest of the group to catch up.
The rock scramble starts
Whoa, that’s high!
Yes, but we love it!
WWWs enjoying the rock scramble
lending a helping hand
WHEEEEEE!!! Look at us! This was a composite of several frames. The view was breathtaking from here. One has to be there to even comprehend it.
Can you spot Irene? This view is as much as my camera would take in one shot.
Can you spot Irene now?
Watch your head Linda
Gary climbing out from under his rock….*grin*
Lookit mommy, I can fly!!
This is MY rock!
Smile pretty for Don.
Taking a break while waiting for the other hiking group to get up the next part of the scramble
Huh? What did I do?
Gary and Audrey catching up
hmmm, can I get up this way?
That is pretty high
Hey Manick, I love this rock climb!
Is it our turn yet?
up we go
Connie taking another break...
I’m up here!
This is a composite of several frames and that's Mellonie up there
Nice going Connie. Linda…you can do it!
Pat taking the easy way
Dan ‘helping’ Linda up
Nice going, Dan
Someone give Dan a hand?
One more step, Pat…to the left…no right…no left…
WWWs basking in the sun
What’s going on up there?
Catskills' Devil's Path in the background - this was a composite of multiple frames
enjoying the day
this is such an awesome rock formation
Kinda feels like you’re on a spaceship
What does Irene have in her backpack?
Schunemunk Mtn can be seen far in the distance
Danny lending a hand to Linda
.. and she makes it !!
What time is it, Cathy?
Pat to Cathy: "I know a shortcut"
Kathleen taking a nap
Dan, where are you going? I’m still talking to you!!
Fine, I’ll follow you!
This is a loooong lunch break!
Cathy and Audrey bonding
Lunch break’s over, guys!
A composite of several frames of the Crag
Left to right: Connie, Cathy, Linda, Kathleen, Donald, Scott, Mel, Don, Audrey, Irene, Gary, Chris, Dan, Gavin, Pat and David
Guess lunch isn’t over yet…
Let’s get going
The troops follow
The Crag is a very "gneiss" rock formation!
Audrey yakking with her daughter
Follow the leader
Is she taking a stroll or hiking?
Western Catskills in the background
Chris contemplating whether he should take the short way down
He decides to do it the safer way (great composite of pics, Manick)
Manick and snow at Table Rocks
There’s our handsome bear!
Pat trying to emerge from hibernation
A tight squeeze, but we’re rooting for him!
Manick slipping through with NO problems!....*grin*
Manick shows just how easy it is….Pat….
Dave quietly advancing on Chris.
HA! I saw you! You can’t get me!!
the WWW’ers getting soft and taking YET another break!
There’s a show going on just behind camera range…
Danny preparing to throw snowball
Connie, Gavin and Audrey !
Harmless garter snake
The tough trio!
We’re still smiling!
…one foot in front of the other…one foot in front of the other…one…
It’s like a walk in the park.
The gnats ..
.. were attacking
Connie’s modeling rival…
Dave looks very focused.
Dan shows Dave what a smile looks like
Obviously, Dan’s not a very good teacher.
Devil's Path in the background
Is this part of the trail?
Chris, Pat and Linda racing across the grass!
Awww, I couldn’t keep up with those hikers, they’re too fast!
Pat: I dunno, I don’t think we were supposed to end up here. Gary: You sure? it looks right to me.
our GQ photographer bestows a smile upon us.
A real Lenape hut?
The U.S. version of Stonehenge
It’s bigger than my apt!
An antiquated security system
Hmmm...a metal hinge
The troops advance.
Pat feeling very very small….
"Million Dollar View"
Audrey’s version of ballet (don’t give up the day job, Audrey).
The derelicts….oh, I mean hikers….
Left to right: Plateau, Sugarloaf, Twin, Indian Head, Overlook Mtns
We race to our cars because we know the next stop is….
We’ll see you at the Golden Otter
I’ll save you a seat!
what to eat, what to eat…so many choices
Wake up Scott!
Ok, that’s a start on the smile front, Dave.
Don, Kathleen and Mellonie showing Dave what Dan means.
Oh, I think I could do better than that!
Audrey and Manick
My son made a necklace out of the Oriole feather I found during the hike