Backpacking the Napali Coast Kalalau Trail

The red, dry dirt section of the Kalalau Trail.

A few years ago my family and a family who we often travel with, went on a trip to Hawaii! While we were there we visited three islands, including the Island of Kauai, which was most definitely everyone’s favorite. The highlight of our trip to Kauai, was our 26-mile backpacking trip on the Kalalau Trail over the span of three days. If you have never heard of this trail, it winds along the edge of the Northwest shore of the island weaving to and from the coast and into the lush, narrow valleys and canyons. The mountains are absolutely beautiful (this world doesn’t even come close to describing how breathtaking they are) and the views are stunning throughout the whole hike. Continue reading “Backpacking the Napali Coast Kalalau Trail”

Hiking in Mills Norrie and Ogden & Ruth Livingston Mills State Parks, Hudson Valley, NY

Heart shape made of rocks at Mills Norrie and Ogden State Park.

In the autumn my family and I decided to do a series of hikes in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley. We went to Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park (also called Mills Norrie State Park) on our first visit and then on our second visit we hiked in Ogden and Ruth Livingston Mills State Park. The White Trail is 4 miles there and back, from the marina to the Staatsburg Mansion. Both times I took videos and vlog my whole experience. Those videos are embedded in this post below and you can also see them on YouTube. We did these two hikes in two half days, but you can easily do them both in a day.

Map of Mills Norrie State Park
We will be hiking the White Trail.

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Hiking Up Mount Beacon

Standing on the ledge overlooking Beacon and the river.

In May of 2014 I went hiking at Mt. Beacon, in Dutchess County, NY with my family. Mount Beacon got its name after the beacon fires used at the summit by the Continental Army as warning signals during the Revolutionary War. Then in the 1920s there was a popular casino and hotel at the top of the mountain, which burned down in a fire.

Trail head with information for the hike.
Mt Beacon trail head information station.

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Hiking at Shaupeneak Ridge – White and Purple Trails to the Waterfall

The cascading waterfall at the end of our hike on the Purple Trail at Shaupeneak.

The everlasting snow was finally melting away when on a nice March Sunday I went hiking at Shaupeneak Ridge Cooperative Recreation Area with Fresh Air Parent and a group of friends. Shaupeneak Ridge is a 790 acre recreational area in the Town of Esopus in eastern Ulster County, New York. It offers more than seven miles of easy to moderate hiking trails with several overlooks and beautiful scenery. At the end of the Purple Trail there is a cascading waterfall that was halfway frozen when we hiked to it. The Red Trail has a nice overlook over the Hudson River.There is Luisa Pond at the top of the ridge with an easy trail that loops around the pond. The Green Trail is a mountain biking trail.

Shaupeneak Ridge trail guide map at the start of the White Trail.
Shaupeneak Ridge trail guide map.

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