On Sunday, May 1st, a member of our adult committee, Bob Stroup, led an expedition to Harriman State Park. Harriman State Park is the second largest park in New York and covers nearly 47,000 acres. Harriman borders the smaller 5,000 acre Bear Mountain State Park. This is a favorite destination for New York and New Jersey residents.
While we had invited Troop 5 to go along with us, only scouts and scouters from Troop 113 showed up at our rally point.
After carpooling to the park, we left our cars at the Elk Pens and climbed the mountain! After enjoying the view (and letting SM Farrell catch his breath!) we found an abandoned mine to explore. Navigating along the shore of a lake, under some cliff overhangs and then taking a rest stop to practice some compass work, we noticed that it was getting cooler and we were starting to lose our daylight.
We didn’t have time to explore the Lemon Squeezer rock formation so we’ll have to come back another time. Fortunately, we returned to the car park by way of the Valley of the Boulders. With a mix of rock formations, giant boulders, caves, crevices and overhangs, it was a great place to explore!
Thankfully, we were able to cover the last bit of the trip on a woods road that was relatively flat and smooth.
A quiet ride back to the church was a good indication that everyone had a good time, lots of exercise and was ready for a restful evening. We returned by 7:30 PM and everyone headed home. We will post photos to our troop’s share site.
If you’d like to explore the park, you might begin by checking out the NY NJ Trail Conference for maps and recommended trips.