My “Taking a Hike” column for July was published while my youngest and I were road-tripping and hiking up in Quebec. It is about a very plain trail in the Catskills, though one that leads to superb scenery. I recall a few signs at the start of the trail, but then just a narrow, winding line through nature all the way to Panther Mountain. Quebec was a contrast. Though the scenery in the various national parks was stunning, the trails were mostly anything but plain. Signage was frequent; some trails offered benches and shelters; viewing platforms were common. Trails, of course, should be developed according to the number and needs of their users, but Quebec reminded me how much I like the very plain kind. You can read the column at The Hour and Hersam Acorn Arts & Leisure. More about the hikes and roads in Quebec later.
April’s “Taking a Hike” is now available in full on this site (via the Taking a Hike tab – 2014: “Apr – Bear Mountain, CT” – or by clicking here).