A 3-Day Trip to the Catskills
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A couple weeks ago my husband, Craig, and I set off to explore the great unknown, AKA the Catskills. While known to many on the East Coast, and a popular vacation spot for New Yorkers, neither us had explored the area in the summer. Since relocating to the East coast this year, the number one thing on my bucket list was to see some waterfalls. On the journey our Moosejaw Madness water bottle and my Moosejaw half zip stretch fleece were go-to pieces of gear.
We headed west to Massachusetts and when we arrived at our first destination both of us commented how it felt like we were in Oregon. Bash Bish Falls was a just a taste of what the area had in store for us. We hiked along the creek, clear enough to see the multi-colored stones on the bottom, until we arrived at a spectacular waterfall pouring nearly 60 ft down from a deep canyon above. We stayed for hours, exploring down the canyon, finding other little waterfalls, and soaking in the warm weather.
The next day we awoke early, packed up our canyoneering gear, and headed to a spectacular 231 ft free hanging rappel. I'd seen photos of Kaaterskill Falls years ago, marking it down on my mental checklist. As I approached the edge of the top of the falls I saw a woman relaxing in the sun. She asked if I had just come from the bottom and we had a brief conversation. I continued onto the other side of the river and then the edge of the drop to set up the rappel. After I finished the rappel and was hiking back up the trail (there is no other way to get down other than this trail) I encountered the woman again. She looked as if she saw a ghost and asked if I had taken a different way down. I said I had rappelled the waterfall. She became very animated and said she has been coming here 20 years and she's only seen someone do that once, and she wished I would have told her so she could record.
That afternoon we set off to mountain bike at Windham Mountain. Our chosen trail climbed over 1200 ft to the top of the mountain, and then the actual fun began. I hate going up on a mountain bike, but I love going down! We tried our hand at tandem mountain biking, but I'm not sure we were doing it right.
The next day we spent most of the day lounging at Peekamoose Blue Hole, a jewel toned swimming hole in the Sundown Wild Forest. This area has some amazing beauty, but damn are they good at naming things. After that we decided to rappel one more waterfall, Buttermilk Falls, just down the road from Peakamoose.
That evening we camped at a lovely site with a friend, and the next morning we headed back to Providence happy with what we'd seen, but knowing there was so much more to explore.
Kat Carney is an outdoor adventure photographer. She loves surfing, climbing, canyoneering, and mountaineering, and can often be found wandering around both the east and west coasts in her built out suburban. See her adventure wedding portfolio at www.swellandstone.com.