Short Detour to New York City
So, because we were so close to the city we decided to go do some urban hiking in New York City. We spent three days and two nights seeing some of the sights. Chilli, Sweet Pea, and Flash had never been in NYC so it was a wonderful idea. We went to the 9/11 memorial, the New York Stock Exchange, Battery Park, Little Italy, Chinatown, and took the Staten Island Ferry to pass the Statue of Liberty on our first day. Then we went on bikes through Central Park, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the NYC Library, Grand Central Terminal, the Rockefeller Center, and Times Square. Tomorrow we are heading back to the woods.
We really loved the sights of the city, but the noise is somewhat overwhelming and bothersome. On the trail people will go out of their way to help each other; here it seems as though helping or even being kind is something foreign. It seems as most people don’t want to be bothered.
I think back to getting into Palmerston, Penn. I got a ride from Amanda, who got me to the post office before it closed, and then we all got a ride from Bella’s mom, who took us all to the hostel. That kindness means the world to us hikers.
Here in the city no one even really makes eye contact with us. No one talks to anyone— unless they are together. No one held a door open for me and when I did that not many even said thank you. Most of the people walking down the street had earbuds in or were walking and looking at their phones.
Getting Back to the Woods
Tomrrow we will go back to the woods and continue our northward trek. The sounds will be different, the people different, and the sites totally different. I’m really glad we did come into the city to do some urban hiking, but my heart is in the woods. I long for the birds’ songs and not traffic sounds, horns blaring. I want to hear the crickets chirping instead of the hum of air conditioning when sleeping. Our eight miles a day of urban hiking can never replace the miles of hiking in the woods.
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