Wandering Through the Laurel

Anyone who’s spent time wandering in the Shawangunks during springtime has witnessed the mountain-laurel in bloom.  But now that it was late June, the laurel flowers would have already come and gone, or so I thought as I headed out to cross the ridge…

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Mountain-laurel flower buds

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Wandering Through the Laurel

Northern Shawangunks Circumnavigation

To learn something new, take the path you took yesterday.

— John Burroughs

The week-long holiday break was time well spent with family, friends, and new acquaintances, relaxing, talking, celebrating, eating, drinking, hiking, and running.

And I was able to fit in one run that was a little longer than average and extra special:  a 42-mile circumnavigation of the Northern Shawangunks, on roads that parallel and then cross over the mountains.  To make life interesting, I brought no food or water.

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Northern Shawangunks Circumnavigation