Losing Yourself in the Woods at Blauvelt State Park in NY
Step off the winding local road and into the woods. Blauvelt State Park on Tallman Mountain isn't miles from civilization. The sounds of cars going by and the occasional train whistle will still reach you. Yet, it feels far away. Mist floats between the trees and the sky's a steel gray above the canopy. The snow has gone from powder to slush, making the trail slick and difficult to climb. A family of deer see you and take off running before you see them. Three, four, five white tails bob and weave among the trees and are gone. It's starting to rain. You follow your own footprints back to the car, trying not to tumble headfirst on the slopes when the slush under your feet gives way. Another tough slope and you're out; look both ways before you cross that local road.
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