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.
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.
It was so hot out.
Out of all the animals, the goats seemed the least phased about the heat.
This cow was named Bertha. She was enormous- by far the biggest cow there.
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.
There were piglet races. They were motivated purely by Oreo cookies.
This Mule was really sweet- she really loved her ears scratched. I was happy to oblige.
Some locals told us about a swimming hole nearby called Spit Rock on the Mohonk preserve.
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.
The pool was very cool and dark and deep, and you swam right up to the waterfall and let it power wash you.
It's the perfect anecdote to a sticky day.