The Empire State

The trail here in New York is quite technical. Some of the climbs and descents require the use of your hands – good thing I spent some time in the climbing gym this past year:

The blue symbol below indicates danger ahead and if you follow the blue blazes, you are offered a safer route ( you can see that the white blazed option might be tricky)

There are lots of stone fences in the woods – a reminder of when this area was clear cut for farming:

Minute rice with beef jerky and rehydrated carrots, beets, and turnips (one of my regular meals)

A few more from today:


  1. Verging on Vegan · June 16, 2016

    This is an excellent year for mountain laurel blooms. You captured their subtle beauty in your macro shot. Some of those trails look challenging, but it’s so nice to see clearly marked trails. It looks like the food you make for yourself out in the wild is far better than most people eat at home. Are the root vegetables you mentioned here the ones you dried at home?


    • kevinhikes · June 16, 2016

      Yep, dried them at home – got them at our local farmer’s market!


  2. Harry Brown · June 16, 2016

    You’re looking like a mountain man, my friend… or a thru-hiker.


  3. Marti Rand · June 15, 2016

    I like your meal plan. Is there a cookbook for rehydrated dishes?


    • kevinhikes · June 15, 2016

      I don’t have such a cookbook, but my wife and my sister in law, Vicki, are trying to help me out.


  4. Sally · June 15, 2016

    That NY trail certainly appears to be challenging!


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