Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain

The Hudson Highlands hold many treasures; one of them being Bear Mountain. I remember coming here once when I was a kid on a family outing, so it will come as no surprise that my second visit here was by way of another family outing. Our arrival was met with a humdrum of vehicles, all for the glory of an auto show. Having never been to one before, seeing a whole lotta vintage in one outdoor space was a little overwhelming…but in a good way.

We later walked the park’s trail, along Hessian Lake to take in the phenomenal view. Crisp air, families barbequing, August splendor; all the makings of a superb summer jaunt.


After my cousins decided to take an undisclosed self-tour of the Bear Mountain Inn, I decided to join them, fearing I’d miss out if they were apprehended for trespassing. For the record, no one seemed to mind us nosily running through the lobby and up the stairs.

Before leaving, my fam had a ride on the merry-go-round in the pavilion. I stubbornly refused to go which resulted in me being the designated handbag-holder while everyone flitted off to find a favored horse to mount. I got to watch their happy faces going round and round, so I’d say it ended up being a win/win for everyone.



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