Monday, July 26, 2010
Lisa and I were full of anticipation for our next major Appalachian Trail hike of the year, three days in New York state. We never know what we'll find on the trail, but when we saw this double rainbow after a storm swept through Bear Mountain, we knew it was an omen of good times to come. The brighter rainbow on the right made an arc across the entire horizon, seemingly touching the Earth at both ends. Lisa said she had never seen a complete rainbow in her entire life.
Lisa is posting all about our recent hikes on BC's Appalachian Trail blog. Suffice to say, we walked, climbed and stumbled 43+ miles, heading south from the famous Dover Oak to Bear Mountain, just across the Hudson River.
As always, we had some great--and surprising--birds along the trail. A goofy-looking immature Black Vulture at a rocky outcropping in the woods, we noisy humans having just scared one of its parents away. A female Wild Turkey as we entered the clearing where we were to camp on the second night. A pair of Barred Owls hooting and a-hollering in the same spot less than an hour later. Three Bohemian Waxwings, the first we've seen in a long time, and a sure sign that we are advancing northward along the AT. And American Redstart, a Veery serenading us, and the usual cast of Pileated Woodpeckers, Red-Eyed Vireos and Scarlet Tanagers.
Our hike ended at Bear Mountain Zoo, which only exhibits injured animals that could not survive alone in the wild. (It's also the lowest point, elevation-wise, on the AT).
Some of the signs and exhibits were charmingly old school, like this display:
We enjoyed reading about the "Duck Hawk," the "Sparrow Hawk" and the "Canadian Goose."