Saturday, September 7, 2013

Day 6.240: Vroman's Nose

The wonderfully named Vroman's Nose is a nearby hike we've known about for some time but avoided due to the thought of its trails-along-cliff-edge with our son-with-no-sense-of-danger.

We finally decided that we were ready and went there today. Spoiler: we all made it back in one piece.

The hike (a simple up-one-side down-the-other loop) is only 1.2 miles, but it is quite steep in places.  Here are a few shots from the way up and the way back down:

The pay-off for the hard-work - beautiful uninterrupted views of the Schoharie valley - is hard to beat!

But yes - the trail does lead right up to high vertical cliff in several places!

And here are a few things that caught our eye - the excellent signs at the parking lot (Vroman's nose trails?! and EXTRA PARKING ON GRAss), a strange globular fungus and a very accommodating black swallowtail butterfly.

We also had a very nice lunch at a place Exile #2 had spotted looking very busy when we were in the area a couple of weeks ago.  It turned out to be the excellent Apple Barrel Country Store cafe.  Simple real food prepared freshly - not the cheapest place perhaps - but very good indeed.

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