A friend came to visit in November and we went for a hike. We chose the nearby Mount Beacon, a popular weekend hiking spot that is thankfully less crowded (though still quite well-attended) in the cooler months. There is an old abandoned inclined railway along the trail, which (be forewarned!) begins with a long set of metal stairs before the dirt track. Our destination for the day was the fire tower, which had gorgeous views all the way north to Poughkeepsie and south to New York City. When we arrived at the top of the fire tower, a woman who hikes there often said to us, monk-like, "You chose a good day. Usually the wind is blowing you sideways up here." Instead we enjoyed the views, and I took a few pictures of my favorite graffiti up top, including the name of this story.
Beacon Train Station
Many people take the train up from the city and hike to the hike, as it were. (Meaning, walk from the station through town to the trail head.)