Exploring Legends

Druids on Dartmoor

by George Baird and Erica Obey As the polar vortex has its way with us, even snowshoeing the trail across the street from our house can begin to feel like an effort.  So it seemed like a good time to pull out some old pictures from a trip to Dartmoor, and curl up by the fire as we plan a ... Read More »

The Legend of the Catskill Witch

By George Baird and Erica Obey The legend of the Catskill Witch is as old as the gnomes playing at ninepins or the Headless Horseman, having made her first appearance as a postscript to Washington Irving’s tale of Rip van Winkle, where she is described as dwelling on the highest peak of the Catskills, and had charge of the doors ... Read More »

Hiking with the Ghosts of the Blackhead Range

By Erica Obey and George Baird Last weekend, we took our annual fall foliage hike up Blackhead Mountain. There are several ways to access this view, ranging from about a 10 mile round trip that begins at Elmer Barnum Road and traverses all thee peaks (Thomas Cole, Black Dome, and Blackhead, the 4th, 3rd, and 5th highest mountains in the ... Read More »

St. John’s Eve: Time To Take A Devilish Hike

By George Baird and Erica Obey St. John’s Eve, the summer solstice, means only one thing for us: a hike on the Devil’s Path.  (Devil’s Path is a hiking trail in the Catskill Mountains of New York).  It was a tradition we began when we actually attempted to hike all 25 miles over six 3500-foot peaks in one day – and ... Read More »