Guest Park! This Sunday past, we decided that the foliage in Prospect Park wasn't quite advanced enough, and headed up the Palisades Parkway toward Bear Mountain. Squabbling over having missed the visitors' center, and uncertain just where the Bear Mountain exit was, we peeled off into the vast, deserted parking lot of the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area, a spot my family used to visit on childhood car trips. (We liked him because he was nicknamed "Mad Anthony," partly for his bayonet-happy antics in a Revolutionary War battle at nearby Stony Point.) A few hikers headed up into the woods, so we took the picnic cooler and followed them...to our own private meadow.
Up next, in Guest Park, Part II: We make it to Bear Mountain, where we find stuffed bats, orbiting raccoons, Japanese tourists, and beer. Stay tuned, especially if you can't get Channel 5 or 9!