York’s Great Outdoors Club had their first hike of 2016 on Sunday March 13! It was a small but diverse group dressed in sturdy sneakers “with a solid grip,” that showed up prepared for the days hike, however the kids were not ready for the warm weather and sunshine that greeted them at the top of Anthony’s nose. After an hour long ride on the Metro-North Hudson Line, the group arrived at Peekskill excited for the day ahead.
“Vegetation was still a little dead but that didn’t seem to effect the beautiful views,” asserted club leaders Coach Turcio and Ms. Disko. “The kids were all troopers- Galen, Lia, Marina, Mo, Matthew and Josh (who unintentionally took a quick dip in a stream– Whoops!) It is so fun seeing these guys step outside their comfort zones and doing something really awesome!”
The hike started at the Camp Smith Trail leading 3.5 miles to the top of Anthony’s Nose. Along the trail, they passed a military reserve and caught many scenic views of the Hudson River, Iona Island (which played a key part during both World Wars as one of the largest ammunition facilities in the nation), and Bear Mountain-Harriman State Park.