Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Cows, Chickens, Pigs and the 'Gunks

We spent a fun day in the Shawgunk Mountains outside of New Paltz. The 'Gunks are a huge draw for rock climbers from all over the East Coast, but there is great hiking as well.

It was so hot and hazy, I couldn't get a clear picture of the cliffs.

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They are really stunning- the landscape goes from rolling hills to dramatic white cliff faces.

We happened upon a county fair. I couldn't resist going in to see the livestock.

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It was so hot out.

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Out of all the animals, the goats seemed the least phased about the heat.

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This cow was named Bertha. She was enormous- by far the biggest cow there.

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She was super sweet and gentle though. I saw more children run up behind her and grab her tail (WTF, bad parenting skills!) and she barely flinched.

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There were piglet races. They were motivated purely by Oreo cookies.

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This Mule was really sweet- she really loved her ears scratched. I was happy to oblige.

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Some locals told us about a swimming hole nearby called Spit Rock on the Mohonk preserve.

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It was a really unique place. I love finding a good swimming hole. I don't think I've ever found one like this in New York state, and it wasn't labeled on maps or anything. New Hampshire and Vermont really has a good deal of quality ones. Western Maine is full of them, including one where you can slide down a 12 foot waterfall into the freezing cold pool below. That one is always a fun bravery test.

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The pool was very cool and dark and deep, and you swam right up to the waterfall and let it power wash you.

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It's the perfect anecdote to a sticky day.

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