Side Trip to a Lighthouse

It was the first day of summer, and a day trip to the Catskills was the plan… the goal was to climb Overlook Mountain. We got an early start, and managed to be at the top, having a snack while sitting up on the steps of the fire tower at 8 AM! We were back down and on the road by 10:30, so there was time for some more exploring. After a quick stop in Woodstock, and a ride down to check out the Walkway over the Hudson, it was only early afternoon. While flipping through the hiking book, I found an “easy” trail, that would be right on the way home. The Saugerties Lighthouse on the Hudson River was at the end of a half-mile nature trail. The grounds around the lighthouse provided a peaceful setting to sit and relax. I was intrigued by the shape of the lighthouse…square as opposed to round. Square lighthouses were built so the light could be an integral part of the dwelling for the light-keeper, rather than a separate tower.

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