Minnewaska State Park Preserve & New Paltz, New York

Today, Debbie and I were able to get out in the woods for a long time. Our kids stayed with her parents while she was on a six-hour run on the Quinnipiac Trail near their house. I drove to New Paltz, New York to scout some trails for an upcoming race.

Both of us are preparing for late summer and fall events. It was a gorgeous late August day. These are the days you think about when its cold and wet in February. I explored the roads around New Paltz and then parked at Minnewaska State Park Preserve.

I had been by the park several times, but I never stopped to explore it. Today, I covered a lot of ground. I did a loop run on the carriage paths. I checked out Lake Awosting and Lake Minnewaska, two beautiful sky lakes. The water was clear and cool. These undisturbed bodies of water are a throwback because it is hard to find lakes so close to urban environments that are unspoiled like this.

The park is in the Shawangunk Mountain range, which is famous for the sheer cliffs that extend for miles. The cliffs attract rock climbers from around the world. The park was packed today. When I left shortly after noon, they were turning back the visitors. Fortunately, I had been there since 9:30 A.M., and had a good spot.

Minnewaska is adjacent to the Mohonk Preserve, which includes some of the most dramatic cliffs in the “Gunks.” I was last there for the American Zofingen Duathlon in 2008. That was a tough event.

 

New Paltz is a funky town. Before heading back to Prospect, I stopped for lunch and dessert. I couldn’t resist. I returned to Rock Da Pasta and then went over to Lagusta’s Luscious. Both are highly recommended. Lagusta’s Luscious is all vegan and Rock Da Pasta does a great job at accommodating vegans. I made sure that I brought home some delicious cupcakes and chocolate for Debbie and the kids. It was well-earned after her long run. The kids never need an excuse for a treat, but we made them run around to burn off the extra calories.

1 Response to “Minnewaska State Park Preserve & New Paltz, New York”



  1. 1 2012 Survival of the Shawangunks Triathlon « Life Adventures Trackback on 10 September 2012 at 11:43 pm

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