My very last hike :(
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And back again in the US. I arrived yesterday evening. My very last expat arrival in the US, my last arrival in my apartment. Also my last weekend in the US. The move was now getting really close...
Since it was the last weekend I wanted to also make my very last hike. It had to be a local hike since my faithful Mazda was not here anymore to take me to the trails. So, I took my other transport vehicle, the MTA Subway, to Washington Heights, crossed the George Washington Bridge on foot, descended to river level and walked along the Hudson. Basically the same hike I did in July 2012 (see here). This time I intended to walk farther, to the ruins of a former Mansion, the Cliffdale Mansion, which had been on my list for some time.
I hiked and hiked but, apart from great river views, some old structures, like the Undercliff Bathhouse I visited earlier this year (see here), I did not see any manor-like structures. The irony is that, when I finally decided to return, I was actually standing less than 100 meters / yards from the actual ruins. It was only right above me, and not at river level. So, even if I had known it was there, I would never have reached it.
I had hiked too far and I already knew I would not make it back before sunset. I was quite a thrill walking in the twilight, with the Hudson River on my left calmly sloshing, deer to my right, rustling in the woods, and an awesome Skyline of Manhattan in front of me. I just managed to climb the steep and rocky stairs of the Palisades but arrived at the park exit in real darkness. Fortunately the street lights of the Washington Bridge provided enough light, and fortunately the gate was not locked either.
Then, after having crossed this great bridge so many times, I set foot on the pedestrian lane, heading back to New York State and New York City, for the very last time, also ending my very last hike. This was it. In the past six years I hiked hundreds of miles and there is till so much more to hike... Despite the great hike and views I felt mainly sad.
More pictures below.