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Good Friday Morning,
And a beautiful one it is. Crisp and cool and the colors...!
There are 76 Shop Putnam Days left before Christmas but I'm warning you:
This is going to be a fine year to watch the trees turn. You can do that this weekend at some of the numerous outdoor events going on around the region, at the Collaborative Concepts Mid-Show Reception on Sunday (see below) for example. The views from the top of the hill at Saunder's Farm are spectacular and the weather promises to be sweet.
But you can go off on your own, investigating the back country here in the Highlands. Get off the beaten path and take a bushwhack hike over land to rarely visited places. But be cautious: it's hunting season out there now so unless you're wearing blaze orange stick to the State Parks where hunting is not allowed. DEP and DEC lands will be busy this weekend as hunters come up from downstate, beer and rum and cokes and guns in hand.
Here's a few safe(r) choices for you:
You can wander around Wonder Lake State Park on the Kent and Patterson town lines.
A moderate 6 mile loop hike to Round Hill off Route 9 in Philipstown rewards you with some fine views.
A two mile (out and back) walk to a gazebo with a great view on Candlewood Hill in Putnam Valley.
If you need additional choices, visit PlanPutnam's Outdoor Recreation Guide here. It's chock full of interesting natural places in the Highlands. Some entires have maps and extensive pictures, some have natural resource inventories and others have full descriptions of suggested hikes available. It's a great resource and is the most visited page by outsiders to PlanPutnam.
Whatever you choose to do, turn off the blasted boob tube and get outside! Mark my words, if you don't, you're going to be wishing you had come the first crappy weekend.