Mushrooms and Spiders and Lakes, Oh My!

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Yesterday morning was a gorgeous morning for a hike in Harriman State Park, which is located in Orange County, NY.

a field of spiderwebsWalking from the parking lot, before even getting to the trail, an amazing site met our eyes.  There were hundreds of spiderwebs on both sides of the trail, which were only visible because they were still covered in dew.   Each one contained a spider, sitting in wait for his morning meal.  Imagine though, on a normal day when the dew isn't helping to highlight these spiders?  one of the websImagine taking a stroll through the grassy field, without knowing that every foot or less had a spider just sitting there?  Imagine brushing your legs or hands or finger tips against hundreds of webs?   Eewwwwwww.

Well, luckily there was a path through the middle of the field, so we didn't have to walk through the spiderwebs. 

We took the Arden House Rd/Arden Valley Rd entrance to Harriman State Park (off Route 17 near Monroe NY).  We then island pondtook the first road with a parking lot, parked, and walked the Arden Surebridge Trail/Adirondack and Island Pond Rd.   While a portion of the hike was a nice easy relatively flat walk, there were some steep hills to get the blood pumping.  The destination of this particular hike was a beautiful lake, Island Pond, which was secluded from all.  On the edge of the lake were stone ruins, which added to the coolness factor.  The roundtrip hike was ~4 miles; definitely worth the time.

mushroomsAlso while on the hike, we encountered many red salamanders, several deer (which I'll discuss on another blog), and every imaginable color of mushroom including Purple, Red, Orange, Brown, Beige and White.  While I'm sure some, if not all of these, were poisonous, they would look great on a pizza! 

Harriman State Park has 200 miles of trails.  If the one above doesn't  sound good to you, there are plenty others to choose from. 

Just watch out for the spiders.

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Comments (6)

Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

This sounds like quite the hike!  I love finding things on hikes that make you stop and pull out the camera.  

Aug 17, 2012 06:41 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Kerrie -  Me too, although I kept putting the camera away and then 2 minutes later had to whip it out again!  :-)

Aug 17, 2012 07:07 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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Sounds like a great park to explore.  Yes, I could do without those spider webs for sure.

Aug 17, 2012 07:10 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Debbie - They were awesome in one way and gross in another!

Aug 17, 2012 08:41 PM
Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

Great set of photos and I have been to the park when I was younger and we lived in NY thanks for the blog which brought back great memories

Aug 20, 2012 01:01 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Charlie - Thanks for your comment!  I'm glad I was able to bring back memories.  There are so many awesome trails in that park!

Aug 20, 2012 02:49 AM