Let the Cold Times Roll

When winter gives way to spring and spring gives way to summer in New York State, where I live, I know what most people have on their minds: sun, warmth, the beach, travel, and vacation.  But the warmest months of the year give me images of trudging in heat and humidity and through stands of poison ivy, brush, and briars while being harassed by marauding insects.  In short, summer makes me think of my second-favorite season: winter (fall is my favorite).

Perhaps like me, lately you have been needing something to cool you off, something to take you away to a place that’s free of stifling heat and sticky humidity.  I can’t give you an airline ticket to the Arctic, but I can give you something that will help you daydream of cooler times: photos.

What follow are ten images from New York’s two biggest hunks of public land: our six-million-acre Adirondack Park and, the little sister of that park, our 700,000-acre Catskill Park.  Enjoy, and stay cool.

– Erik Schlimmer
Erik is the founding member of Friends of the Trans Adirondack Route and author of Blue Line to Blue Line.

Off-trail travel in the Ampersand Mountains, Adirondacks

Off-trail travel in the Ampersand Mountains, Adirondacks

Frosty towers on Mt. Utsayantha, Catskills

Frosty towers on Mount Utsayantha, Catskills

Ice on hardwood canopy, Adirondacks

Ice on hardwood canopy, Adirondacks

Untracked powder on footbridge, Adirondacks

Un-tracked powder on footbridge, Adirondacks

Samuels Point panoramic, Catskills

Samuels Point panoramic, Catskills

Sunset from Van Dorrien Mountain, Adirondacks

Sunset from Van Dorrien Mountain, Adirondacks

Southern view from high ridge line, Adirondacks

Southern view from high ridge line, Adirondacks

Overlook Mountain fire tower at 5 degrees, Catskills

Overlook Mountain fire tower at 5 degrees, Catskills

Alpenglow on Sentinel Range, Adirondacks

Alpenglow on Sentinel Range, Adirondacks

The photographer, somewhere very cold

The photographer, somewhere very cold

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