Forests and turkeys and snakes, oh my!

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It was a perfect day in New York this Saturday, not too hot, not too humid utterly uncharacteristic of the typical August swelter. Some friends and I went out to Sterling Forest State Park, near the NY/NJ border in Tuxedo, for an easy day-long hike. First we climbed up to the old fire tower and snapped pictures of the view. Then we picnicked at a lookout spot a little further along the trail.

Later on, we crossed paths with an enormous rattlesnake a timber rattler, endangered in this areas lithering calmly across the path and paying us no mind. It must have been at least 4-5 feet long, but we couldn’t manage to take any good pictures since the surrounding brush was so dense. I’ve never seen such a large snake outside of a zoo.

We also saw a flock of wild turkeys closer to the mountains’ base. They, too, were unalarmed by our presence, clucking happily along a couple yards away.

All in all, it was quite the adventure for a bunch of city dwellers! More photos after the jump…




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