September 29 – October 1, 2017
Many thru-hikers take the opportunity to visit New York City at some point when hiking through the state of New York. There are numerous trail towns with bus and train terminals leading to the great city. We chose to ride a bus from Fort Montgomery to NYC for a fare of $14.50 each, one way.
We met our son, who had flown in from Nevada, on Friday, and the three of us happily spent the weekend seeing the sights.
It was quite a culture shock, riding crowded subways, walking through the bright lights of Times Square at night, eating Korean BBQ cooked in front of us. We found ourselves walking through Central Park more than once, just to help assimilate all the sights and sounds. Watching “The Lion King” was the highlight of the city experience. It was incredible to watch costumes come alive through the skill of the actors, enhanced with the extraordinary music.
It was with regret that we hugged our son good-bye at the end of the weekend. However, relief was the over-riding feeling as we boarded the bus for the ride back to Fort Montgomery and the Appalachian Trail. New York City is a part of the AT thru-hike for many people, and we enjoyed our time, but we were also glad the time was limited!