Hiking in Minnewaska State Park, NY, June 1

Trip Start Apr 06, 2008
Trip End May 28, 2008

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

These are just a few pictures from a weekend I spent with my brother and his girlfriend Connie during which we did a day hike in New York's Minnewaska State Park.  Minnewaska is in the Shawangunk Mountains, a low range of mountains in Ulster County to the west of New Paltz and Newburgh and southeast of the Catskills.  What the Shawangunks lack in height they make up for in great views since there are many high cliffs along the ridges that provide impressive views of the Hudson Valley region.  These views contrast to those of so many hikes in the eastern mountains where you are in dense forest most of the time and only get brief and occasional glimpses of the wide world beyond.  Our hike was a twelve mile loop in the park to a south-facing promontory at the top of a cliff named Gertrude's Nose. 
While restaurants are not usually the focus of my travels or blogs, here I would like to make an exception.  Thoroughly tired and sweaty from our long day we stopped for dinner just down the mountain on the road to New Paltz at The Mountain Brauhaus, a well decked out German restaurant with a mostly very traditional menu and a wide selection of German beers.  The Beef Rouladen, Sauerbraten, Konigsberger Klopse, Spaetzle, Red Cabbage, and Apple Strudel were all outstanding.  Even Connie was impressed, and she should know good German food since her parents are from Munich and used to own a German deli in Westchester County.
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