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Monday, January 16, 2017
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I haven’t gotten out to the woodlands for a hike in many months (old age is catching up with me). But today dawned sunny with temps bound for the upper 30s and maybe even low 40s, so I decided to finally give it a shot. I decided not to be too ambitious, given that it is wintertime and I’m not young anymore. So I picked the highland park closest to my home, which is Ramapo Mountain Park, just off I-287. Ramapo is not exactly deep in the woodlands, and by afternoon is generally loaded with people walking their dogs (versus serious hikers). But it’s still nice, and I managed to stay on my feet for two hours before getting back to the car for lunch and the drive homeward.

Here are four shots from my little “return to the woodlands” trip today. Despite the lack of color and activity, there’s something charming about the woods in winter (at least on a milder day like today).

◊   posted by Jim G @ 10:09 pm      

  1. Jim, What a nice hike it seems you had. The pictues are really nice. All the “little” trees (the thin ones) and the larger (more adolescant) trees are great. Seems like it is a forest or woodland area of newer trees. The last picture is particularly nice. The view is great.

    While it may not be a “spring” like time or park; it’s a “winter” time park with many of the trees all still hibernating for the winter. But perhaps in the warmer weather they have already started to draw water from the soil to the higher parts of the tree. “Woke up from a nap” so to say.

    You are hardly an “old man”, perhaps an “older” man among a park of “younger” trees. So much activity going on just beneath the surface. Hope you really enjoyed the hike as the pictures are lovely. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — January 17, 2017 @ 9:34 am

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