We’re carpooling to Wawayanda State Park, NY!
By some accounts, Charlie Cook of Wild Earth Adventures is the godfather of NYC group hiking. (OK, really, just by my account). You can trace the origins of nearly every professional guiding service in NYC to him in one way or another, including Outerthere. My very first organized group hike was actually with Seth of Outdoor Bound, who was a guide for Charlie years before. So, I sought out Charlie and started going out with him for years. What I remember about Charlie was that he was a beast, hiking easy or strenuous hikes back to back, no sweat (he was in his 60s at the time!) He was always jovial, never once getting offended no matter what I said and hiked in the exact same khaki pants and light blue tee or nature shirt, with the same ol’ brown boots each and every time I went out with. (He essentially inspired my own outdoorsy wardrobe). On every trip I went on, I’d pick his brain about his business and he was more than happy to impart on me wisdom that still holds true today. Sadly, Charlie passed away October 2018 from cancer and I don’t think I ever expressed how impactful he was to me and the success of our community. So, for that, I wanted to honor Charlie on this trip.
Although this wasn’t a trip Charlie had done, I’m sure he’d approve of the epic views. Plus, we scouted this trip last year and it was pretty dope and I made a video. It’s an awesome hike on a boardwalked section of the Appalachian trail, with a suspension bridge, a cow farm, and a popular view, wrapping up in a picnic in an awesome area. It’ll probably be snowy, but it’s a great beginner hike to get the blood pumping and your butt in gear for our regular season!
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