Now it's important to know that I have a very difficult life. Hardships befall on a daily basis, forcing me to whine and complain to my long-suffering wife. But rather than getting the sympathy I need and deserve, she usually responds with "We're so lucky" and a long litany of all our blessings - good food we grew ourselves, a roof over our head, dogs and cat, a kid that's not on probation or in rehab - things like that. Of course, I have to reluctantly agree. What choice do I have? So once I come over to the sunny side I count the views from our farm as one of the many things I'm grateful for.
From my fields I look across the Hudson Valley to hills that sweep from above Argyle past the double humps of Bald Mountain to ski-sloped Willard. Beyond this facade are more and higher hills, like a rumpled, unmade bed culminating in the big pillow mountains of the far horizon - Mt. Antone and Bear to the north, Red and Grass to the south and due east, overseeing all others, Mt. Equinox, like a queen reigning over her court.
Mt. Equinox from Irish Lane
Tourists at Lookout Rock - from Mt. Equinox website
Equinox Pond - Photos from Equinox Preservation Trust site
All things being Equinox
I haven't been on the mountain in a few years so this post relies on memories. For up to date information check out these sites:
- A fellow blogger describes her recent hike up Equinox at Nooks and Vales.
- To learn more about the Equinox Preservation Trust and their trails click here.
- The Nature Conservancy's Equinox Highland preserve's website has good information.
- Find out more about the Carthusians and their monastery on Equinox.
- History of the mountains development and Skyline Drive information here.
- If you need an outlet for your frustrations Manchester's certainly got enough of them. It's a little over commercialized but most people are going to do something in town during a visit to Equinox. Up for Breakfast, Mother Myricks, the Northshire and the Mountain Goat are all popular stops. The Chamber of Commerce site has lots more suggestions.
- Here's a few photos from the Carthusians' website. The monastery is located on the west side of the mountain near Sandgate. It is not open to the public. Please honor their desire for solitude.
Aerial view of the mountain looking north
Lake Madeleine and the monastery
The monastery in summer
The Monastery with Equinox in background
Carthusians' Visitors Center on summit of Mt. Equinox